“We are very proud to be joining with CCA in this endeavor to help ensure that all families, and especially children, have enough to eat,” Val Capobianco, Brazi’s owner, said in a statement. “As a restaurant with a long history of involvement in New Haven, we are happy to do what we can to eliminate hunger in our community.”
Christian Community Action’s Food Pantry provides groceries an average 750 individuals a month, mostly families, according to the statement. This is up about 25 percent over a year ago. About 50 percent of those served are children, the statement said.
“Our food pantry is somewhat different from other pantries in that we let our clients chose the food items they want, rather than giving them a pre-packaged bag,” Juan Marquez, CCA Neighborhood Services and Food Pantry coordinator, said, also in the statement. “We also try to provide clients with healthy choices, such as fresh product (when available), low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals and gluten-free products for those who need them.”
During March and April, CCA alsois participating in the nationwide $1 million Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation Anti-Hunger Campaign, during which the foundation matches with a financial donation, every nonperishable food item or cash gift made to the Food Pantry, the statement said. Donations resulting from the Brazi’s partnership will be eligible for this match.
Christian Community Action (www.ccahelping.org / Facebook: Christian Community Action, New Haven) is an ecumenical social services agency whose mission is to provide “Help, Housing and Hope,” to families that are homeless and people who are poor in New Haven. It is celebrating its 45th year of operation this year.
Brazi’s is a family restaurant featuring fine Italian cuisine, pleasant surroundings and reasonable prices. For details, visit www.brazis.com.