BRISTOL – United Way of Southington was able to present Southington Bread for Life and Southington Community Services with a combined $5,625 check Tuesday, helping them provide food to those struggling to make ends meet.
Jack Eisenmann, executive director of The United Way, said that this is the first year that the organization has been able to provide surplus funding. The check will be divided between the two organizations, both of which are non-profit organizations that provide meals to the hungry.
“This is a landmark for our United Way,” said Eisenmann. “When I started my first year with United Way, ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) people represented about 25 percent of the population. That number has since grown to more like 29 percent. These are often people and families that are working two jobs. These two organizations both do a great job in providing for them.”
Eisenmann said that United Way of Southington seeks to provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, childcare, healthcare and transportation. They are also funding a senior transportation program which helps seniors get to medical appointments and to meet with loved ones.
“We’re graced to have this support,” Debby Mastrianni of Southington Community Services. “It’s awesome.”
Donna Ayer, of Bread For Life, said that the money would help to fund an expansion of programs.
“We’re gearing up for our summer lunch program,” she said. “We provide lunches for children who qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year at four different locations. We are also expanding our services to include a Saturday lunch program at the end of March. We surveyed our clients and we found that this was something they really needed.”
Ayer noted that United Way of Southington has “absolutely been a good supporter” of Bread For Life over the years as well as other community organizations.
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