Lunch provided to low-income campers

July 18, 2016

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The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, working with local area churches, is providing meals for eight weeks, to more than 230 low-income children who are taking part in The Norwalk Housing Authority’s summer enrichment programs in five locations throughout the city.

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.

Each summer, school doors close and millions of children go without the things they rely on to learn and thrive, including the nourishment needed to get the most out of their summer learning experience. Learn more about Bridgeport Rescue Mission