Enfield Loaves & Fishes Announces $25,000 Grant from the James M. Cox Foundation

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The local soup kitchen continues to provide nourishment to hungry citizens during time of increased need. 

Times are hard for everyone these days with an unprecedented increase in demand for meals amid the coronavirus pandemic. Enfield Loaves & Fishes, a local soup kitchen providing hospitality to those in need, announced today it has received a $25,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications.

Enfield Loaves & Fishes continues to operate seven days a week and offers meals made from scratch to anyone who is hungry, providing patrons not only dinner but also lunch for the next day. Today is its 47th consecutive day of providing meals — all of which are served outside, regardless of inclement weather — to comply with the mandatory social distancing rules. Recent dinners have included a Thanksgiving-style feast, chicken cacciatore, pancakes and spaghetti and meatballs.

As Connecticut’s shutdown promises to continue for at least several more weeks, Brayson realizes it might become even more difficult for her group to feed the hungry. Food and money donations are still needed and greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at the back door on Thompson Court and Brayson kindly asks that you call ahead to announce you are coming: 860-741-0226.

Brayson continues to supervise the soup kitchen’s operations every day, despite being over 65 and asthmatic, making her more susceptible to getting sick with COVID-19. 

“My husband Murray and I are here daily, and we couldn’t imagine doing anything different. But we never imagined we’d see this kind of need. And we are immensely grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation for helping us serve the neediest in and around our community during this stressful, anxious and difficult time.”

About the James M. Cox Foundation 

The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.   

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