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Boulder Knoll Food Insecurity Project

In Connecticut, one in seven households is struggling to put food on the table, and that rate rises to one in five for households with children. Even in a state as wealthy as Connecticut, there is a huge need for food assistance in every community. A survey of food pantry and soup kitchen clients conducted by the Connecticut Food Bank found that 42 percent of clients had to choose between food and utilities, and 34 percent had to choose between food and rent.

There are more than 120,000 food insecure people in New Haven County alone, and the rate of food insecurity among children is highest in the state.

The Friends of Boulder Knoll Food Insecurity Project aims to increase awareness of these critical issues and to provide substantive support to address this need. Funding will enable Boulder Knoll to expand the acreage at the farm dedicated to growing produce for local soup kitchens, hire an additional part-time employee to manage this increased harvest and the Project, create a report on community food insecurity, and host a community roundtable discussion to raise awareness of these issues.

The current recipients of Boulder Knoll donations are Master’s Manna and the Meriden Soup Kitchen, which serves the communities of Meriden and Wallingford, CT. 20.5% of the population in Meriden lives below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18. The Meriden Soup Kitchen served over 40,000 meals last year alone, and relies on donations such as ours in order to provide balanced, nutritious meals.

Where it's at:

706 Boulder Road
Cheshire, CT 06410
United States

Garden type:

food bank garden

Garden size (in square feet):

10000

Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and at-risk youth

Number of people reached:

50

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
seedlings
compost
lumber
greenhouse
watering hose
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Dan Groberg
Brenda Caldwell

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606