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Windsor to Begin Free Lunch Program this Summer

Windsor to Begin Free Lunch Program this Summer
In an effort to address growing hunger issues among the town's youngest residents Windsor is launching its first-ever free summer lunch program.

Summer Sandwiches will begin Monday and run through Aug. 24. The program is funded through federal grants and administered by Windsor Public Schools, the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank and End Hunger Connecticut.

The program will provide nutritious sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and a snacks to about 200 young residents who live in the area of the Deerfield and Chateau Woods apartment complexes.

"For some families summer can be really hard," said Jane Garibay, president of the food bank, which will provide tables, coolers and other equipment and has hired two summer interns to oversee the distribution of food.

"Anyone under 18 and their caregiver is eligible," she said, adding that any local youths who come looking for a meal won't be turned away.

Garibay said the need for supplemental food assistance in town has grown over the past few years, including the clientele of the food bank, which has increased from 350 to 500 families in the last year.

Garibay said that since it is the first year of the prorgam, she expects that response may be a little slow at first. But once the word gets out, those in need will find them. She also doesn't expect it to be a one- year-only effort unless the unlikely happens.

"If we can eradicate hunger in Windsor then it will be just one year," she said.

Officials at End Hunger Connecticut, which focuses on advocacy, outreach and awareness on the issue of hunger said that the planning on the local level that has taken place will help Summer Sandwiches achieve its goal of reaching as many hungy children as possible.

"They couldn't have a better plan in place," said Dawn Crayco, deputy director of End Hunger Connecticut. "The community engagement piece is pretty impressive."

The program will serve lunch at 11:30 a.m. and snacks at about 1:15 p.m.

By STEVEN GOODE, sgoode@courant.com
The Hartford Courant
3:00 p.m. EDT, July 3, 2013