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March 2, 2012

Duff, Morris Welcome Grant for Christian Community Action Food Pantry

$10,000 grant will help fight hunger in Greater Norwalk area

NORWALK—At a time when too many families are struggling to pay the bills and put dinner on the table, Christian Community Action of Norwalk was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority that will help fight hunger in the region.

State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and state Representative Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk) on Thursday welcomed the grant award, which will help the nonprofit organization keep the doors to its food pantry open and its shelves stocked with food for needy families living in Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston and Westport.

“In this tough economy, hunger is a very real problem that afflicts too many people in our communities. This grant recognizes the hard work of Christian Community Action in meeting the needs of people who are struggling to put food on the table,” Senator Duff said. “I applaud CHEFA’s decision to include CCA in its list of dedicated service providers that will receive grant awards this year.”

“Christian Community Action does phenomenal work at a time when it is most needed. We certainly appreciate this award being given by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority. It is well deserved,” said Representative Morris.

CCA has seen dramatic increases in the number of families and individuals seeking help in recent years. The organization serves about 100 families and individuals a week.

“Christian Community Action is very pleased to be receiving these funds from CHEFA. The grant will help us continue to provide groceries to those struggling with food insecurity in the Greater Norwalk area,” said Christi Pope, executive director of Christian Community Action of Norwalk. “Statewide recognition of the critical nature of social services safety nets is a sign to us all that our pleas are being heard.”

CHEFA on Thursday announced $1 million in grants to 23 nonprofit community service agencies throughout the state.


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