By Cara Rosner
It was the grocery store equivalent of rush hour: At 6 p.m. on a recent weekday, the New Haven Stop & Shop was bustling with a hurried, after-work surge of shoppers looking to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible with dinner ingredients in hand.
But amid the hustle and bustle, some shoppers stood out.
A group of people — nine adults, several of whom brought children – was slowly and methodically working its way through the store, studying nutrition labels, comparing unit prices on foods and asking questions.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s voice was rising. “Overwhelm the system,” she challenged a crowd at New Haven‘s Criterion Theater on Monday night. “You call and you tell [elected officials] that they are at their own peril if they are willing to cut $20 billion from food stamp program.”
Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine has awarded $270,000 in emergency food and shelter grants to area nonprofits, allowing them to meet the urgent needs of Greater New Haven individuals and families.
Despite some signs of economic recovery, the New Haven region continues to struggle, and many of our residents are still suffering from the after-effects of the recession.