|Students from SCSU's School of Nursing and Community Health Workers from Project Access participate in Know Your Numbers, a partnership that provides screenings, referrals, and patient navigation in the form of follow-ups. DESK is the first agency in New Haven to pilot the program, as a partnership with Yale New Haven Health and CARE.
More than a meal
Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry help people make connections
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) serves 50,000 hot dinners and an additional 80,000 meals through take-home groceries every year. With so many people in need walking through its doors, the emergency food provider takes the opportunity to help connect people to other resources. Representatives from Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, Columbus House, the Women & Families Center, and other providers are onsite during evening meals to help people with health, housing, employment and other needs.
During a three-year general operating support grant from The Foundation, DESK saw its programs provide a “determinable positive influence on its clients’ overall wellbeing beyond caloric intake.”
Similarly, the Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven offers social services at its Food Pantry and Nutritional Clinic. Read more about this program.
During its recent grant term, the food pantry program also provided nutritional counseling, benefits assistance, financial counseling, and health screenings.
Two other grantees, Beth-El Center and CitySeed, not only provide meals and access to healthy foods. They also educate individuals on healthy lifestyles and ways of selecting and preparing foods that can optimize health and budgets.