CCGB's Hunger Outreach Network

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

Michelle McCabe

Healthy Food Pledge

Pledge to Support the Health of Our Communities!

A nutritious diet – one rich in whole grains, lean meats, fruit and vegetables – is key to good health, productivity at work, and attentiveness in school. Yet, these foods are the least accessible to low income individuals and families. Sometimes transportation is a problem, sometimes there is no place to store or prepare food, and sometimes there is a skills gap in meal preparation. Always there isn’t enough money to afford the foods that are most important to maintaining good health. As a result, low-income individuals are more likely to have diet-related diseases such as diabetes and conditions such as obesity and overweight because the least expensive foods are also the least healthful ones.

You can change that situation with a new approach to food donation. You can ensure that food pantries and feeding programs have shelves filled and meals comprised of wholesome foods. Join the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and pledge to feed the hungry healthy foods.

What is the Healthy Food Donation Pledge?

By signing the Healthy Food Donation Pledge here, you agree to only provide nutritious foods to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other recipients of food. The Council of Churches has information to help you succeed in your Pledge.

How can I or my organization/congregation participate?

Simply fill out the form here and review the ways that you can provide healthy foods to those in need. If you would like more information or assistance in planning a food drive or other activity, contact Michelle McCabe, Director of Community Engagement and Food Access at michellemccabe AT or 203-334-1121 x246.

What the ways to make our hunger assistance fundraisers and drives healthy ones?

See our Healthy Food Donation Options list below to find out how!

Take the Pledge by clicking here.

Healthy Food Donation Options

How You Can Help

There are many ways in which individuals, organizations, congregations, and businesses can provide foods that support the health of our most vulnerable neighbors.

  1. Healthy Food Drive – Distribute a list of healthy foods to your school community, congregation, organization or business and ask people to bring the items identified.
  2. Host a Produce Drive – Work with a specific food pantry or soup kitchen to collect and deliver fresh produce at a pre-arranged time.
  3. Volunteer to Connect a Pantry or Soup Kitchen to Community Plates – Community Plates collects fresh foods from restaurants and grocery stores that are in good condition but are to be thrown away. They need volunteers to pick up the food at the donation site and drop it off at the pantries and soup kitchens.
  4. Adopt a Pantry – If you develop a relationship with a pantry, you will be able to get to know the managers and the clients and be responsive to their needs.
  5. Provide Healthy Foods to Soup Kitchens – If your organization or congregation already prepares meals for a soup kitchen, make sure that those meals are healthy with assistance and recipes from the Council of Churches.
  6. Donate Funds to the Council of Churches for Food Purchasing – The Council of Churches works directly with food distributors to provide for the members of our Hunger Outreach Network. We are able to purchase at lower prices than those found in regular grocery stores and even big box stores. If you donate funds specifically for food purchasing, we can enable pantries and soup kitchens to make every dollar count.

The Council of Churches is here to help make your Healthy Food Donation Pledge a success! Contact Michelle McCabe, Director of Community Engagement and Food Access, for more information and assistance in implementing any of the options above. She can be reached at michellemccabe AT or 203-334-1121 x246.

Network Pantries and Soup Kitchens

Bridgeport Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Hours

To view a list of food pantries and soup kitchens in our network, please download our list by clicking here.

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