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Summer Meals Program In Stamford Dishes Up Feast, Prizes

A raffle prize at the luncheon to celebrate summer meals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford.
A raffle prize at the luncheon to celebrate summer meals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed
Kids enjoy a celebration of summer meals in the community room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford.
Kids enjoy a celebration of summer meals in the community room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed
Dishing up the summer meals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford.
Dishing up the summer meals at the Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford. Photo Credit: Contributed
MLK Property Manager Margaret Guillory-Allen and Police Capt. Richard Conklin.
MLK Property Manager Margaret Guillory-Allen and Police Capt. Richard Conklin. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Local residents, tenants and staff of New Neighborhoods Inc. properties gathered in the community room of Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments in Stamford recently to celebrate the success of the Summer Meals Program.

The program provides breakfast and lunch free of charge to individuals ages 18 and under. It is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Connecticut Department of Education.

To support the program in the West Side of Stamford, New Neighborhoods, Inc. partnered with Chartwells School Dining Services of Stamford to provide 750 breakfast and 750 lunch meals per week at several New Neighborhoods Inc.-owned properties.

Everyone at the event enjoyed a baked ziti lunch while children under 18 were able to eat or take home a healthy lunch at no cost. Guests also entered a free raffle for great prizes such as: two 32-inch televisions; a 10-speed bicycle; a youth bicycle; Holiday Hill tickets; two George Foreman Grills; and $100 off rent for NNI tenants.

NNI invited Capt. Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police Department, as the Stamford Police work with Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments to keep residents safe.

"We are very happy to be working with Martin Luther King Apartments to be making the neighborhood safer" said Captain Conklin, "It's great to meet the people here and we are very pleased with this event and we look forward to continue working in the park and in the neighborhood.”

“Our dedicated staff and Tenant Advocates go above and beyond for this community and events such as the Summer Meals Celebration, are a representation of that.” said NNI’s Director of Operations, Andrell Yarbrough “It’s great to see everyone here enjoying themselves around family, friends, and good food. Also, save the date for NNI’s Annual Health Fair being held on August 25th, 2016 right here at Martin Luther King Jr. Apartments.”

A tenant of MLK Apartments said, "I had a good time today and the event went well. The Summer Meals Program is a great program, so it's all the reason to get the community out here to celebrate."

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