Starting the week of July 12, 2021, residents in Trumbull that have been impacted in some way by COVID-19 or have a need within their families, can receive an allotment of lunches and/or dinners from Trumbull restaurants that have signed on to the Local Meals program. Residents will receive information necessary in order to participate from the Trumbull Human Services Department and Senior Center. So far, 13 Trumbull restaurants have signed on to the program. Residents will order off the regular restaurant menus. The program does not provide for eat in dining. It is for takeout, curbside pickup or delivery.
“We have all been through a great deal these past 16 months. The pandemic has taken a toll on our businesses and our residents. This program will provide additional commerce to our restaurants and address some of the food insecurity issues the community is still facing,” stated First Selectman Vicki Tesoro.
The Town of Trumbull secured $200,000 for the initiative in a competitive grant process. Funding comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Development Block Grant, COVID-19 Small Cities grant program administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing. The program model was developed by the Town’s Long Term Recovery Committee which seeks ways to address recovery issues associated with any disaster, and in this case the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will continue, over the next several years, to look at how to promote local commerce and support the economic and other needs of our residents. Now, more than ever, we have to be creative in our approach and pursue all resources that can help our small businesses and residents. We will be rolling out several other initiatives under our “Trumbull Celebrates Local” banner in the coming weeks,” stated Rina Bakalar, Director of Economic and Community Development. Bakalar also chairs the town’s Long Term Recovery Committee.
For residents who would like more information on the Local Meals Program, they can contact Michele Jakab or Ronnie Mogensen at (203) 452-5199 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For restaurants or eateries in Trumbull that may still want to sign on to the program, contact Rina Bakalar at (203) 452-5043 or email@example.com.