Article written by Urban Alliance staff.

In Connecticut, more than 144,000 children rely on free school meals. And in the summer it is no different.

As a Community Renewal Team (CRT) Summer Meals Program site, organizations in Hartford and East Hartford have a unique opportunity to address hunger by offering free meals (provided by CRT at no cost) to children and youth throughout the summer.

Through Next Generation, Urban Alliance is offering a $300 stipend to organizations in the Urban Alliance network who would like to provide an opportunity for a teen or young adult to build leadership and employment skills as they engage with children as a Summer Meals Program Assistant at your organization.

Summer Meals Assistant Roles and Responsibilities:

The individual you identify will work at least two hours each week for a total of ten weeks from late-June through mid-August. They will work under the supervision of your Summer Meals Coordinator.

Ideal candidates for this position are teens or young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are already engaged at your organization and are responsible, reliable and enjoy working with children.

If your organization would like to be a CRT Summer Meals Program site, would like to host a Summer Meals Assistant, or if you have questions about participating in Next Generation, contact Rosaicela Rodriguez, Urban Alliance’s Director of Implementation, Children & Youth Initiatives, at or 860.986.6052.