Milford Food 2 Kids is an initiative of the First United Church of Christ, Milford, in collaboration with CT Food Bank, to attend to the needs of local children who have little or no food during the weekend away from school. In our pilot program, launched February 2016, our school partners included Orange Avenue Elementary and Live Oaks Elementary School, serving 26 students.
To expand the program to support the ongoing need throughout the Milford Community, we are seeking sponsors for children in need in all of our elementary and middle schools. We need the community to take on this mission with us so that we can begin the 2016-2017 school year with 100 sponsorship commitments.
Our mission arose to meet a need that has been rumbling through Milford for years. How do we attend to the hungry children in our community who, while served by the free/reduced meal programs through the Public School, still experience food insecurity each weekend?
The Habersham Food 2 Kids Program in Northeast Georgia, under the umbrella of their Food Bank, offered a possible model for our situation. The Connecticut Food Bank operates differently than the Georgia Food Bank. Unfortunately, the CT Food Bank backpack food program is full and unable to serve Milford students. So, we are filling the gap in service.
Milford Food 2 Kids program serves children at risk of going hungry over the weekend while away from school, where the breakfast and lunch they receive may be the only food they get each day during the school year. School system social workers select the students that receive food each week on a degree of need basis.
The program is anonymous such that students' names are not given to us, only a number of needed bags of food per school.
Food for the bags is ordered with the CT Food Bank guidance. We purchase and pick up food at the CT Food Bank in Wallingford once a month and supplement through local businesses' resources. Volunteers sort and pack food bags on Thursdays each week (40 weeks per school year). Volunteers deliver food bags to partner schools on Friday mornings. School counselors/administration distribute food to students before they leave on Friday afternoon.
First United Church of Christ
34 West Main Street
Milford, CT 06460
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