Our Nourishing Neighbors Program is multi-faceted.
COUPON PROGRAM - Helping people eat healthier is important to us. Recognizing many of our clients could benefit from making small shifts in their daily eating habits to improve their long term health; and realizing that most of our clients do not have the financial resources to purchase fresh-frozen vegetables, we expanded our Coupon Program to include both Vegetable/Fruit and Farmer’s Market coupons.
Coupons are now provided for dairy, juice and fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables. They can be used at Putnam Supermarket and Putnam Walmart. As an option, clients can also participate in our Farmer’s Market Program which offers Daily Bread Food Pantry clients $3.00 coupons which can be used at the local Farmer’s Market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
REDUCING FOOD WASTE - We are reducing food waste in America by participating in a Feeding America/Connecticut Food Bank Program which partners with local supermarkets. Stop n Shop, Price Chopper and Big Y are helping to reduce food waste by providing our clients and others with fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats.
PLANT-A-ROW/GROW-A-ROW - As part of our gardening program individuals who grow their own vegetables are encouraged to plant an extra row and donate them to the Daily Bread Food Pantry.
As an example of how easy it is to grow your own vegetables, the IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry plants their own garden each year using the vegetables that are raised for their clients. In 2018, this program was expanded to the Bulger/St. Onge Housing Complex. Clients living in this complex were encouraged to adopt a portion of a grow bed and raise their own vegetables. Tenants will do the planting, watering, weeding and harvesting and determine how the vegetables will be used. Grow beds, built by the Tourtellotte Memorial High School, and funded through NDDH Healthquest, were used for this garden. One was also provided to the Putnam Public Library.
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - In 2018 as a means of empowering people to grown their own food, we offered our first Pot 2 Table Educational Program working with adults and younger children. Led by Karen Osbrey and Cindy Froslie, participants were provided with everything they needed to grow their own tomato plant. Twelve adults and children participated. One family was so excited they went home and started their own Pot Garden.