James' Story

As a retired chef, James Bryant knows a thing or two about food. The 69-year-old New Haven resident loves everything about cooking. He especially enjoys the end result–the plated dish and seeing people try it.

“I love watching their faces smile.”

Bryant cooks meals for half a dozen residents in his senior living community, Mountain Valley Place, every week.

“I do an orange roasted chicken, and a glazed ham with pineapples and cherries.”

And the special ingredients in his entrees? Donated food and goods. United Way and the Connecticut Food Bank have partnered to help provide fresh produce and other perishable and nonperishable food for the community.

United Way recruited dozens of volunteers to cover nearly 100 hours of shifts handing out food to families in need at mobile food pantry sites across our region. In Connecticut, 15% of adults 60 years and older have faced the threat of hunger this past year. The skyrocketing costs of groceries has been a challenge for Bryant and his weekly meals. Thanks to the mobile food pantry, Bryant can keep doing what he cherishes–cooking for his fellow seniors.

“It’s very special for the community here, and it’s a great help to the seniors.”

United Way believes people should have access to healthy, nutritious food. This program is one way we can work together to end hunger for not only seniors, but children and families in our region as well.

“It’s very special for the community here, and it’s a great help to the seniors.”