Photo | Raising Money to Help Parents of Hospitalized Children

January 20, 2024

From left to right: Andrea McDowell, Chris McDowell (Golf Cove Co-Owner), State Sen. Paul Cicarella, State Rep. Dave Yaccarino, Jeff and Samantha Dorman (Feeding Families Foundation Co-Founders), First Selectman Michael Freda, Paul DeStefano (Golf Cove Co-Owner), Leslie DeStefano (Rumanoff’s Jewelers Chief Sales Officer), Doug Rumanoff (Rumanoff’s Jewelers CEO), and Mike Rumanoff (Rumanoff’s Jewelers Founder) on Jan. 20 celebrated Feeding Families Foundation’s first annual Winter Virtual Golf Classic to benefit parents of hospitalized children at Golf Cove in North Haven. The foundation recently launched its “Parent Plate Program” with Yale New Haven Hospital to address food affordability and accessibility issues that parents often face when caring for their child in the hospital.


The event raised more than $8,000 for families in need. Feeding Families Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization working to eliminate hospital food insecurity for parents of hospitalized children. By partnering with children’s hospitals, the Parent Plate Program utilizes the hospital’s existing food service infrastructure to provide food to parents. When a parent orders a tray for their child, they can also order one for themselves paid for by Feeding Families Foundation. The program does not require any application or proof of financial need – the goal is to feed caregivers and alleviate some of the financial burden on parents when their child is in the hospital so they can get back to what matters most – caring for their child. For more information, please visit