First Selectman Vicki Tesoro is pleased to announce that the Town of Trumbull received a Municipal Excellence Award from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) at its annual convention on November 1, 2022. As part of Trumbull’s emergency response and long-term recovery strategy, Trumbull created two programs committed to supporting local, small businesses while offering assistance to its residents. One program, the Local Meals Program, addressed food insecurity experienced by residents who faced difficulties such as illness, job loss, hospice care, and/or the effects of COVID-19. The other, The Main Street Dollars Pilot Program, assisted residents in purchasing gifts from local establishments
The Local Meals Program provides meals prepared by nine local Trumbull restaurants for take-out or delivery to vulnerable residents. This program is funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Housing. The grant for $200,000 was obtained by Economic and Community Development Director Rina Bakalar. Not only does this program provides much needed relief to the residents, but it assists our restaurants during a difficult time for local businesses.
To date, 5,853 meals have been served to 322 residents. Participating restaurants have benefited from $197,500 in business they may not have otherwise received. Residents were supported during difficult times and felt thrilled that they were helping businesses though the program.
The other program recognized by CCM was Trumbull’s Main Street Dollars Pilot Program. The program was funded through a $5,000 grant from United Illuminating. Three small, locally owned businesses that all have a “gift shop” aspect to their establishment were selected for the pilot program (Pure Poetry, City Line Florist and Plasko’s Farm). This program ran from November 29, 2021 to January 31, 2022. The pilot program utilized $2,880 dollars of the grant funds. Residents spent $5,419 dollars at the businesses. The total money spent at the businesses was $8,299. Residents were again thrilled to help local businesses. The remaining grant funds will be used for another round of the program during the 2022 holiday season. A new group of businesses will be engaged and benefit.
The CCM award included a check to the Town of Trumbull in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of these highly successful programs.
First Selectman Tesoro would like to thank the Trumbull Long-Term Recovery Committee, the Economic and Community Development Commission, the Economic and Community Development Office (ECD), the Finance Department, and Trumbull Human Services Department for partnering to bring these very successful programs to our town residents.