Serving New Haven Kids: From Start to Finish

Steve Werlin Uncategorized

By Lauren Bossi As one of DESK’s two interns this past summer, Lauren Bossi coordinated the Summer Kids’ Pantry program, an endeavor to supplement the diets for school-aged children during the summer months, when they don’t have access to school meals. This year, for the first time, DESK worked with the Housing Authority of New Haven (Elm City Communities) to …

DESK as a Civic Institution in New Haven

Steve Werlin Uncategorized

Scott McLean is among our longest-serving Board members at Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.  Today, he serves as the Board Secretary.  He’s also a regular volunteer at DESK, and can often be found working the line or sweeping floors.  Outside of his volunteer work at DESK, Scott is Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University. –ed.   When I started as …

Yale Hunger Heroes

Steve Werlin Uncategorized, Volunteers

The “Yale Hunger Heroes” is student group that is part of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and Dwight Hall.  During the school-year, the group partners with DESK to serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays in the parish house of the United Church (next door at 323 Temple St.).  This is a wonderful partnership that has benefited both the …

Health, Community, & Equity: Finding Meaning in Food

Steve Werlin Leadership, Views, Volunteers

The following is adapted from the Executive Director’s Annual Address, delivered at the Breaking Bread Inaugural Dinner on March 24, 2017. Accepting the Executive Director position at DESK has been a bit of a homecoming for me, and a step toward fulfilling a larger dream. When I moved to New Haven in 2011, DESK was my first volunteer experience. I …