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These are the things we believe in that will enable us to achieve our vision and mission.
DINE stands for:
Diversity: We believe that by embracing differences, including all voices, and joining forces we can make great strides towards a food secure community for all.
Integration: We believe that by integrating community services, together we can serve the whole person.
Nutrition: We believe in nutritious meals for ALL who need them, this is at the core of our values.
Excellence: We believe that we are accountable to the people we humbly serve. We must hold ourselves to the highest level of learning to alleviate hunger and build food security in our community.
The purpose and business of this non-membership and nonprofit corporation is to provide nutritious meals, and offer comfort, and hope for the future in an atmosphere of dignity and respect regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
To make a systemic impact by feeding the hungry today, and working to help build a healthy and equitable food system and community for all.
The NLCMC is committed to partnering with all sectors of the community to address the root cause of hunger and seek to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people experiencing food insecurity
During just the first three quarters of 2021 the New London Community Meal Center served over 50,000 meals to residents of New London Count. This makes a difference, as 31,330 people in New London County were identified as food insecure by Feeding America.
Patrons report that their favorite meals are tacos, burgers and shepherds pie!
Originally the New London Community Meal Center (NLCMC) was called The Health and Welfare Community Ministries.
It was founded in1985 by Laurie Bellinger in association with The Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church of New London. She served as the dedicated executive director until her death in 1999. A year later Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church turned over control to a non-member corporation governed by self-perpetuating Board of Directors, thereby facilitating uninterrupted food service to the community from 1985 through to the present day.
The NLCMC is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3).