Terms & Abbreviations


Owned and operated by Connecticut Food Bank. There is a Connecticut Food Bank branch in Fairfield.

Buying Club:

Food we buy at wholesale and resell to member agencies.


Foods purchased by USDA to feed people in need.


Connecticut Nutrition Assistance Program.  State and federal dollars are used to buy high-protein food.


Department of Social Services. DSS administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Feeding America:

Feeding America is a national network of 200 food banks and food rescue operations. Connecticut Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.


A private not-for-profit corporation with charitable intent as described by Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. A subsection of this rule restricts the distribution of donated foods by the food bank to only those described under 501(c)3.

Food Insecurity:

The lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times.


Food Rescue Operation


The mental and physical condition that comes from not eating enough food due to insufficient economic, family or community resources.


Partner Distribution Organization. The Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Center in New London is a PDO of Connecticut Food Bank.


Redistribution Organization


Subsidiary Distribution Organization


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps eligible households to purchase food items.


Damaged packages (dented cans, crushed boxes) from retail store that still have good product inside them.

Service Area:

A food bank’s designated geographical area in which they are responsible for providing product to their agencies, as well as for product solicitation within those boundaries. Connecticut Food Bank’s six county service area consists of Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham Counties.


The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Federal dollars are allocated to cover the cost of warehousing and distributing USDA commodities.


United States Department of Agriculture