There is an increased demand for food pantries in New Haven's Shoreline. United Way supports programs in 12 towns from Orange to Madison. See article below about the needs on the Shoreline published on February 7, 2010.
While cities have maintained a level of need for food and services, “the increase in need is in the suburbs,” Carrington said. The troubled economy and related job losses have resulted in the booming need for social services and have hit Shoreline suburbs that are at times under-equipped to help those who are struggling. “You think of Madison as an affluent town, but if you’re in need in Madison, it’s actually harder than if you’re in the inner city, because there they have more support services,” said Walden, a supervisor at Madison’s food pantry. “Here, it’s easy to fall through the cracks.”