About The Hunger Outreach Network
It is deeply rewarding to work with partner organizations and residents in the Bridgeport area to tackle the important issue of healthy food access.
- Low-income residents particularly suffer from diet-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
- Economics keep healthy foods such as fresh produce, whole grains, and lean meats out of their diets; high cost, lack of resources in their neighborhoods, and knowledge gaps or barriers in food preparation and storage make it difficult for residents to eat three nutritious meals a day. Unfortunately, the highly processed foods are cheapest and easiest to obtain, as well as the least healthy.
We have assisted forty food pantries and community meal programs increase the amount of healthy foods they distribute and serve; provided nutrition and culinary education workshops and food samplings at pantries, meal programs, and low-income residential housing units; assisted the six Bridgeport Farmers Markets and Green Village Initiative’s Reservoir Community Farm raise funds for their SNAP matching incentive program; and connected residents with resources such as financial literacy, community gardening, and health screenings.
We are working on projects to increase fresh produce in our Hunger Outreach Network sites, start a produce market in a low-income housing community, and build an Opportunity Kitchen program that would convert church kitchens into shared-use spaces for food-based businesses and cooking classes.
Michelle McCabe, Food Access Director