Foundation Convenings

Meeting Basic Needs During a Time of Inflation

Join us for a virtual panel discussion on the state of basic needs in Greater New Haven and the response from local organizations. Learn about the work on the ground, what you can do to help and ideas for change.

Hosted in collaboration with the Basic Needs Fund.


Mar 22, 2023


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.




Ian Brooks, Emily Byrne, Margaret Middleton. Moderator: Todd Foster

Left to right: Todd Foster, Ian Brooks, Emily Byrne, Margaret Middleton

From groceries to rent, heat and electricity, Connecticut families and individuals are facing much higher costs than they were just a few years ago. By some measures, we are living through the steepest rise in prices in a generation. Many are increasingly requiring assistance from our social safety net.


Rev. Todd Foster, Advisory Committee Member, Basic Needs Fund; Director, Global Missions Cornerstone Christian Center


Ian Brooks, Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Masters Manna

Emily Byrne, Executive Director, Connecticut Voices for Children

Margaret Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, Columbus House