United Way announces capacity building grants to emergency food programs and community meals sites

Gales Ferry, Conn (March 1, 2020) -- United Way of Southeastern Connecticut has announced a round of capacity building grants to increase effectiveness of Member Agencies of the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, which is operated by United Way. The series of grants was made possible through a two-year grant from Wells Fargo to address food insecurity across the country.
This funding opportunity for Member Agencies supports local Emergency Food System programs and investing in their effectiveness and sustainability, technology, storage capacity, developing new skills and competencies, improving processes, or infrastructure and capital equipment. All funds must increase the organization’s capacity to impact the lives of those they serve and align with United Way’s strategic goal to eliminate food insecurity in the region.

A Volunteer Grant Review Team was assembled to review the applications, and the grants listed below were approved for funding.

The following food pantries were approved:

  • Alliance for Living, Inc. - $4,957;
  • Community Outreach Center -- $7,180;
  • El Shaddai Worship Center, Inc. -- $5,000;
  • Ledyard Social Services - $950;
  • Montville Union Baptist Church - $5,099;
  • Riverfront Children’s Center - $1,945; and
  • Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, Inc. - $5,247
The following grants were approved for community meals sites:
  • Groton Community Meals - $5,138 and
  • St. Vincent DePaul Place, Norwich - $5,000.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of  health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.
United Way also operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank which provides food to free emergency food programs, including a Mobile Food Pantry, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at www.uwsect.org to get involved