Rescue Mission helps provide summer meals to hungry children

For the fourth year in a row, Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM) is teaming up with local churches to provide meals for children from Norwalk’s poorest neighborhoods. BRM, in conjunction with the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) and Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT) will distribute meals to a total of 246 children taking part in summer programs. The meals will be served for eight weeks at NGT and five NHA learning centers located in low-income housing sites throughout Norwalk.

“The Norwalk Housing Authority Learning Centers are excited once again to receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches for NHA residents who attend our summer program,” states Wendy Gerbier, Director of Learning Centers. “Students share with us each year how much they enjoy the meals because they know each one was created with care and with them in mind.”

According to the NHA, it is estimated that approximately 12 percent of Norwalk’s school-age youth live in housing overseen by their organization. The unemployment rate among low-income families is greater than 15 percent and most children from these families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school.

“The children and their families who depend on nutritious meals provided at school are confronted with a large gap in the summer,” said Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “These breakfasts and lunches are critical to the well-being of the children in these programs.”

Wilcox said the Mission is extremely grateful to Ridgefield Baptist; City Church, Bridgeport; Hope Church, Wilton; Grace Baptist, Norwalk; Grace Community Church, New Canaan; St. Matthew’s Episcopal, Wilton; Southport Congregational; Wilton Congregational; and St. Mark’s Episcopal, Bridgeport for their support preparing more than 800 sandwiches respectively.

The Mission is also partnering for the second year in a row with NGT providing meals to children attending their Summer Enrichment Program that teaches tennis to disadvantaged children with the help of volunteer coaches.

“Thank you to Bridgeport Rescue Mission for providing meals to the 36 children participating in this summer’s Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Summer Enrichment Program. This food ensures the children in our enrichment program are healthy enough to play some tennis, “said Chris Hulse, Executive Director of NGT.

For information on the Mission’s full range of programs and services for homeless and hurting families and individuals, contact Donna Romano, assistant director of development, at 203-333-4087, ext. 111, or visit www.BridgeportRescueMission.org.

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