Twenty-two local food pantries and shelters – including the Berlin Food Pantry – that collectively provide more than 137,000 meals per month were better able to serve those less fortunate during the holidays, thanks to $50,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB).
The Berlin Food Pantry, operated by the Town of Berlin Community Services Department, received a grant of $2,500.
“CFGNB’s board made this important grant recommendation in light of the fact that our economy is still weak and unemployment numbers are still high,” said CFGNB President Jim Williamson. “We felt these special grants were vital to support the people in our four-town area who need our help to put food on the table not only during the holidays but into the New Year as well.”
“Demand at the Berlin Food Pantry has gradually been on the rise and this Christmas alone we provided food for 245 households,” said Doug Truitt, assistant director of community services for the Town of Berlin. “The Community Foundation grant was timely, welcome and very much needed, and we appreciate this critical support of those in need in our community.”
Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org