GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED
AdaRose is three years old, loves reading and unicorns, and struggles with hunger.
It may surprise you that 1 in 6 children in Connecticut are going hungry. AdaRose’s family is one of the 46% of households in greater New Haven that can’t afford the basics.
AdaRose’s parents both work, but still struggle to make ends meet. Her stepfather runs his own moving business, and her mother works the night shift as a security guard at a local nightclub.
After bedtime stories and a kiss goodnight, her mother heads off to her shift in New Haven. They receive nutritious food and support from organizations like United Way that allows them to stretch their budget.
United Way is focused on providing nutritious food and meals, as well as creating long-term solutions to strengthen a family’s financial future.
In Hamden, United Way brought together the public schools, community organizations, and concerned residents to tackle the issue of food hardship.
Our first step was to make sure there was more food available in the community. We expanded the summer meals program, supported the weekend food backpack program, and we established a brand new mobile food pantry staffed by volunteers.
Our second step is to work on long term solutions to increase people’s financial stability.
And it’s not just finances that can make it difficult to get food. AdaRose’s stepfather says without a full-service supermarket nearby, transportation is the second biggest barrier to healthy food for both his family and his neighbors.
“I’ve seen my neighbors walking, I’ve seen people that bring their kids to school and they have to take the bus back, it’s tough.”
United Way’s work to end hunger in Hamden will also help shape our strategy in the other towns in our region where we know hunger also persists.
With support from United Way and our partners, we want to make sure AdaRose, and all children in our region are fed, so they can live their best possible lives.