In Norwalk, nearly 50 percent of public school students are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals at school, according to a news release from Person-to-Person, based in Darien.
During summer vacation, these meals are not available and the families of these children struggle to stretch their resources.
To address the need for additional food, Person-to-Person requested and received a $5,000 grant through the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County from Norwalk-based Pepperidge Farm.
P2P Director of Social Services Marina Thomas said the funds are being used to purchase food to stock the agency's Norwalk Food Pantry.
"We are serving a greater number of families with children right now and this grant is helping to feed more than 300 children this summer," she said.
More than half of the food available at the food pantry is donated. The ability to purchase items such as fresh produce and meats allows P2P to provide a range of healthy options.
"So many of our clients work at minimum wage jobs and they are juggling the bills to cover basic expenses for food, clothing and shelter," Thomas said.
Person-to-Person was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services.
For information, visit www.p2pHelps.org or call 203-655-0048.