Latino Community Services, Inc (LCS) is a non-profit organization based in the city of Hartford with twenty years of experience providing culturally competent services to people living with HIV/AIDS and people at risk of HIV infection. Founded in 1986, the mission of the agency is to reduce the further spread of HIV/AIDS among the Latino community and other populations at risk and to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. In order to better meet the needs of those infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Hartford Area, LCS strives to meets its mission by coordinating care and prevention services.
In order to better meet the basic needs of our clients, Latino Community Services, INC. (LCS) has an onsite food pantry. Referrals are sent with 24 hours notice directly to our food pantry coordinator by LCS case managers. The food pantry is stocked by private donations, grants like the Hartford Foundation for Public GivingÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s, and Foodshare. Programs such as Ryan White Part B have funded the food pantry in the past, requirements are often changing and funds may or may not be used on a continuous basis for such programs.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.