St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wilton was among those with which the Bridgeport Rescue Mission teamed up this summer to provide meals for children from Norwalk’s poorest neighborhoods. The mission, in conjunction with the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA) and Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT), is distributing approximately 230 daily meals to children taking part in summer programs. The meals are served for eight weeks at NGT and five NHA learning centers in low-income housing sites throughout Norwalk.

“During the summer break, the children and their families who depend on nutritious meals provided at school are confronted with a huge problem,” said Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox. “These breakfasts and lunches are critical to the well-being and health of the children in these programs.”

According to the housing authority, it is estimated that approximately 12% of Norwalk’s school-age youth live in housing overseen by its organization. The unemployment rate among low-income families is greater than 15% and most children from these families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school.

In addition to St. Matthew’s, other lunch providers include Wilton Congregational; Grace Community Church, New Canaan; St. Mark’s Episcopal, New Canaan; Calvary Church, Trumbull; Trumbull Helps; Ridgefield Baptist; Hope Church, Wilton; and Southport Congregational. They prepared 1,000 sandwiches.

The Bridgeport Rescue Mission has served coastal Fairfield County communities for 25 years. Information: Donna Romano, director of communications, 203-333-4087, ext. 111, or BridgeportRescueMission.org.