The Branford Food Pantry is providing oversight and assistance, and acting as fiduciary, for a new program called Feed Branford Kids (FBK). Through the Connecticut Food Bank and the Board of Education, it is established that 24% of Branford school kids are eligible for food assistance at school and it is observed that a substantial number of these kids go to school Mondays extremely hungry due to poor feeding at home over the weekends.
The FBK program will provide suitable food for take home on Fridays. The schools will identify the needy children, obtain any family approvals and make the distributions.
As of March 2017, there are 178 children already enrolled in the program, in the grade schools, with a potential of 800 children. The program is costing $4.60 per week per child so financial support from the community is vital.