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Bike New Haven Provides Ad Space to
New Haven Food Policy Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2019

Contact: Mary Lynch, Mlynch@p3gm.com

NEW HAVEN – Bike New Haven, the City’s bike share provider, has donated advertising space to New Haven Food Policy Council to promote their Summer Meals program. Summer Meals provides 200,000 meals throughout the summer in New Haven and Hamden.

“With 1 in 3 families experiencing food insecurity in lower income New Haven neighborhoods, the summer months are especially hard.” Said Susan Harris, “Spreading the word about the Summer Meals program using the Bike Share panels means we reach more families in these neighborhoods where it is most needed."

Summer meals offers breakfasts, lunches, suppers, and mobile pantries from June 24 – August 16. It is important that the public is aware of the program as summer typically means it is more difficult to reach children who receive meals throughout the school year.

78% of students among New Haven’s 48 public schools (10,700 children and teens) are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

“Food distribution in cities like New Haven is a pressing issue: in some neighborhoods as many as 40 percent of the residents face food insecurity, and the matter is compounded when school is out and subsidized meal programs end,” Mayor Harp said. “New Haven’s Summer Meals Program, through which nearly 195,000 meals were served last year, is successful because so many partners help match available meals with those who need them. This year we’re particularly grateful to Bike New Haven, the bike share provider, for donating advertising space to the New Haven Food Policy Council to promote its Summer Meals program.”

Bike New Haven typically uses the advertising panels as one of the main streams of revenue to support the program, which is provided to the city at no additional cost.

Since inception, Bike New Haven has provided over 18,000 rides to 4,800 members.

Bike New Haven looks forward to continuing to partner with organizations such as New Haven Food Policy Council.

For more information on Bike New Haven visit www.BikeNewHavenCT.com

To locate sites in both New Haven and Hamden, you can call 2-1-1, text CTmeals to 877877, or check the website at www.CTSummerMeals.org.