Unemployment Applications Exceed 350,000 in CT as Businesses Remain Closed
With the closure of many local businesses, some of our most vulnerable neighbors have either been furloughed or lost their jobs. Many of these families report that the number one anxiety is putting food on the table.
“Food distributions are one of the most, I think, visible and emotional proofs of this pandemic,” said Paul Shipman, spokesman for the Connecticut Food Bank, which provides commodities to pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and more. “We are working hard to meet (the increased need) and, clearly, it’s a challenge.” (CT Post 4/18/20)
Near & Far Aid has donated over $100,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds over the past two weeks to local agencies addressing food insecurity.
Following is a small sampling of the gratitude expressed by our grantees:
It is because of YOU that Filling in the Blanks was able to feed 2,200 children this week!
Thank you for taking a stand against hunger! Your donation helps ensure Food Rescue US can continue to provide food to those who need it during this critical time of need.
Thank you for Near & Far Aid Association’s grant to B1C’s COVID-19 Response Fund! It is very kind of you to extend additional support to your grantees during this trying time.
Thank you so much for thinking of your neighbors who are homeless or hungry during this particularly difficult time. Your help makes it possible for The Open Door Shelter to provide food, shelter, and crucial resources to our community at a time when it’s most needed.
I hope it brightens your day to know how much your support means to us (at Home Front) and the older adults, single parents, persons with disabilities and people living paycheck to paycheck. You guys really do get it!
17,550 have tested positive for COVID-19 in CT with 1,086 deaths as of April18. 42% of those testing positive reside in Fairfield County. We see numbers continue to climb in urban centers, with Stamford reporting the most cases at 1,748, followed by Bridgeport at 1199, Norwalk 857 and Danbury 841.
Please consider making a one time or recurring donation. For any questions about the COVID-19 Relief Fund, or the work we do, please visit our website at www.nearandfaraid.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.