Trumbull receives the Municipal Excellence Award

TRUMBULL, CT — The city of Trumbull recently received a Municipal Excellence Award from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) at its annual meeting earlier this month, according to First Selectman Vicki Tesoro.

The CCM award included a $1,000 check to the city in recognition of two city programs. The conference took place on November 1st.

According to a press release, Trumbull officials have developed two programs dedicated to supporting local small businesses while offering assistance to residents as part of the city’s emergency response and long-term recovery strategy.

One program, the Local Meals Program, addressed the food insecurity of residents facing hardships such as illness, job loss, hospice care, or the impact of COVID-19. The other, The Main Street Dollars Pilot Program, assisted residents in purchasing gifts from local entities, Tesoro said.

The Local Meals Program offers meals prepared by nine local Trumbull restaurants for takeout or delivery to vulnerable residents. That program is funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Housing, Tesoro said.

The $200,000 grant was received by Rina Bakalar, Director of Economic and Community Development. This program not only provides much-needed relief to residents, but also helps our restaurants during a difficult time for local businesses, Tesoro said.

According to Tesoro, 5,853 meals have been served to 322 residents so far, and participating restaurants have benefited from $197,500 in business they might not otherwise have received. Residents have been supported through tough times and have been thrilled that they are supporting businesses through the program.

The Main Street Dollars pilot program was funded by a $5,000 grant from United Illuminating, under which three small, locally owned businesses, each with a “gift shop” aspect to their inception, were selected for the pilot program (Pure Poetry, City Line Florist and Plaskos Farm). This program ran from November 29, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

According to Tesoro, the pilot program used $2,880 of the grant funds. Residents spent $5,419 at stores. The total money spent in the companies was $8,299. The remaining scholarship funds will be used for another round of the program during the holiday season.

Tesoro thanked the Trumbull Long-Term Recovery Committee, the Economic and Community Development Commission, the Economic and Community Development Office (ECD), the Finance Department, and the Trumbull Human Services Department for partnering to make these programs available to Trumbull residents place.

Visit the city’s website for more information about these programs.