Senator Kissel Announces Cox Communications “Tech Boost” Award for Enfield Food Shelf

June 14, 2021


Tech Boosts from Cox put technology equipment into the hands of community organizations that need it the most


MANCHESTER – (June 14, 2021) – Despite the important work nonprofits and community organizations do in the communities they serve, many are lacking the modern technology tools needed to perform their missions to the fullest.

To bridge this technology gap, Cox Communications today announced the 2021 recipients for its “Tech Boosts” program, which awards grants to nonprofit groups committed to investing in technology equipment for the betterment of its patrons and mission.

In Connecticut, the company presented the Enfield Food Shelf with a $10,000 Tech Boost grant. The organization’s vision is to create a community where everyone has equal access to necessary resources and available nutrition resources. It recently moved to a new facility and created dedicated space for a resource area where providers and clients can meet to match available resources with those in need, including 211, housing, insurance, nutrition, healthcare, and jobs.

The Tech Boost grant will enable the Enfield Food Shelf to purchase new laptops, printers, and telephones, which will allow staff to streamline access to these resources so clients can become more self-sufficient and empower families for success.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a 2021 Cox Communications Tech Boosts recipient,” said Kathleen Souvigney, executive director, Enfield Food Shelf. “Our new resource center will help our providers improve nutritional awareness for all, while endeavoring to address the ways individuals’ and family health can be impacted by a multitude of forces outside of their control. The Tech Boost from Cox will support continued improvements to our facility as it prepares to meet the needs of multiple generations of clients.”

This marks the fourth year of the Cox Communications Tech Boosts program, and the mission remains the same: to invest in technology equipment and services that support a common goal of enriching the lives of community members and fulfilling their missions to the fullest. The company recognizes community organizations across its Northeast footprint, which includes Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Ohio.

“The Enfield Food Shelf is a vital local resource for residents, and its importance became even more pronounced as the pandemic impacted families and individuals of all income levels,” said Senator John A. Kissel. “Businesses like Cox Communications have stepped up time and again to ensure that local organizations can keep serving the community, and we’re thrilled to see this Tech Boost awarded to the Enfield Food Shelf.”

Other organizations receiving a 2021 Tech Boosts grant from Cox include the Rhode Island Center for Justice in Providence, Rhode Island and the Olmsted Community Center in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. All applicants are required to demonstrate how their request addresses community well-being in one of four focus areas: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and community health.

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