Food insecurity* is attributed to the lack of access individuals have at all times to adequate nutritious food to sustain their bodies and lead an active healthy lifestyle. There are an estimated 127,400 hungry children** living in households without reliable access to food in Connecticut, a rate of 16.74%.
Despite advancements in recent years - Food insecurity and poverty continue to be higher than before the recession began in late 2007; and the demand among individuals who continue to be in need of nutritious food continues to escalate. Given that food insecurity can negatively affect the health and well-being of people, especially children, our organization launched CTP Meals in the summer of 2017.
Through this program, we provided free nutritious meals to 200 youth per day ages 18 years or younger. We target youth who participate in childcare centers, organized after-school activities (band, sports, clubs, etc), summer sites/camps, and as needed for scheduled gatherings.
Our Staff and volunteer take pride in our meals, and work hard to construct deliciously diverse menus that meet all federal and state guidelines comprised of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein.
If you operate in a low-income area and need nutritious snacks or healthy meals for your participants, please click the “Get Free Meals” link or call us at (203) 568-5302. CTP is eager to provide this service to any local after-school program or summer site that meets the established guidelines and requirements of the program.