Mayors neighboring Hartford launch weekly distribution to address regional food insecurity

With food insecurity a persistent concern for families, mayors from three towns neighboring Hartford banded together to launch a weekly food distribution event this month, acknowledging the challenge knows no borders.

Friday marked the first of four such events, measures to bridge the gap for families struggling amid a deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has slowed the economy and left many jobless. By 10 a.m., scores of cars wound through cones in the sprawling Rehoboth Church of God parking lot.

With little pause, cars, SUVs and trucks swept through a gantry of volunteers, who quickly loaded a gallon of milk, a box of fresh produce, meat and dairy products into trunks. Within minutes, the line had quickly diminished as the volunteers stood awaiting new arrivals until the roughly 1,700 boxes of fresh food were gone.

“We find that if we can come together, pool our resources together, it benefits the community,”

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St. Vincent’s, Hartford Health donate $50,000 to food pantry

Usually, when someone is having an anniversary, the custom is for them to receive gifts, not give them.

But St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport chose to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its acquisition by Hartford HealthCare — which took place Thursday — by giving $50,000 to the Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry, also in Bridgeport.

The donation will help to reduce food insecurity, provide nutritious meals and further education about healthy eating, the organization said.

“We are so grateful and so thankful,” said Pastor Mary Green, of the Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry, during a press conference Thursday to announce the donation.


The pantry provides emergency meals to low-to-moderate families that are food insecure. Families are able to shop on a weekly basis. The program is part of the Park City Initiative Corp., which helps families in need improve their quality of life.

During Thursday’s event, leaders from St.

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St. Vincent’s, Hartford Health donate $50,000 to food pantry

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CVS Health rapid COVID-19 test site to remain open at Arroyo Center in Hartford through end of 2020

The CVS Health rapid COVID-19 test site in Hartford will stay open through the end of the year rather than closing this week as planned, the city said Tuesday.



a man standing on a sidewalk: In early July, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (left) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) leave the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford, Connecticut's only CVS Health rapid COVID-19 testing site. The facility will operate through the end of December.


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In early July, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (left) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) leave the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford, Connecticut’s only CVS Health rapid COVID-19 testing site. The facility will operate through the end of December.

It’s the second extension of the free, walk-up, COVID-19 testing at the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Pope Park, which CVS Health has been operating since June. The site, supported through a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was initially scheduled to run through July and then through September.

Patients can schedule an appointment by calling Hartford 311 at 860-757-9311, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Results are available within

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