THE CENTER FOR FOOD EQUITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
The Center for Food Equity and Economic Development of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport builds community wealth through innovative food-based initiatives. Originally the Council’s main function was to lend monetary and operational support to 40 emergency food distribution sites throughout the Greater Bridgeport area, but we realized our efforts were not addressing the underlying causes of food insecurity. In 2015, we made a key shift in our programming to focus on economic development based initiatives within the food industry that builds assets and wealth within the Bridgeport community and for area residents. We now operate a successful culinary course, CREATE, that provides culinary training to low-income Bridgeport and area residents for food industry employment and entrepreneurial ventures; a shared-use commercial kitchen program that offers low-cost rental space housed within churches called Salt of the Earth Enterprise Kitchens (SEEK); and are transitioning food pantries and soup kitchens into hybrid retail and donation environments with a commitment to community input through an initiative called FEED.