August Community Gathering Focuses on Food Insecurity

August 3, 2023 - It was a lively evening of food, information and discussion at the Woodruff Family YMCA, where the Food Bucket took its turn hosting a monthly AIFM community gathering. A diverse crowd of community leaders, concerned citizens and neighbors in need turned out to learn more about Milford's food-focused nonprofits.

In attendance were representatives from Purple Pantry Boxes, Milford Food2Kids, The Storehouse Project, Beth-El Center, Milford Food Bank, Haven's Harvest, and the First United Church of Christ's Food Pantry. Each representative spoke about their organization's efforts to address food insecurity in Milford and the many challenges surrounding this complex issue. Ryan Leworthy, District Operations Director at the Woodruff Family YMCA, also shared news on the Y's new and prospective programs to help address food insecurity among its members and the community in general.

The audience was encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback, leading to vital discussions on the needs of both the organizations and the people they serve, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches to addressing food insecurity. Attendees were also provided with the Milford Health Department's updated resource guide to food assistance, copies of which can be downloaded here (link to current food resource guide on website).

All community members interested in contributing to AIFM's work surrounding food insecurity are welcome to attend the next Food Bucket meeting on Wednesday September 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milford United Way (20 Evergreen Avenue).

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