Founded in 1982 in New Haven, the Connecticut Food Bank partners with food retailers, growers, donors and volunteers to source food and distribute it through a network of community-based programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs and day programs that serve adults and children, as well through our Mobile Pantry, GROW Truck and Kids’ BackPack programs.
The Connecticut Food Bank provides food to hungry adults and children in six Connecticut counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. More than 300,000 people in our service area are food insecure; nearly 100,000 children struggle with hunger.
By soliciting the food industry for products that will not sell –– items that are wholesome but might have some cosmetic flaw –– the Connecticut Food Bank reduces waste and feeds people.
We are an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. Through distribution centers in Wallingford and Fairfield, and an affiliated distribution center in New London, we provide provide nutritious food to people in need. Last year we distributed enough food to prepare more than 18.5 million meals.
We also collaborate with End Hunger Connecticut! and with similar advocacy organizations as part of our mission of community education and advocacy about the problem of hunger.
The Connecticut Food bank has an affiliated distribution center in New London. The Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Center operates as its own entity, receiving food from us as well as working with local food and financial donations from local residents, organizations and companies.
The Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Center was created in 1988. It is a coalition of the Labor Movement of Southeastern Connecticut and the United Way. The Food Center distributes food to more than eighty food-assistance programs throughout New London County, including soup kitchens, shelters, residential rehabilitation programs, and programs for the elderly, children and teens, and victims of abuse.
The Food Center is located at 374 Broad Street in New London and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for agency shopping, donations, and volunteer help.
To contact The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, call (860) 444-8050. The Food Center fax number is (860) 444-8053.