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The Connecticut Food Bank mission is to provide nutritious food to people in need. To fulfill this mission, we work with many partners, including Federal, State and Municipal government to assure that we can provide enough nutritious food to people who need our help and to do it in the most respectful and cost-effective manner.

You can help us fulfill that mission. Donate: support our work with food and funds. Volunteer: give your time and skill to help us provide food to our network. Advocate: be informed about the issues affecting hunger in our communities and help share our message with your representatives.
Together, we can alleviate hunger in Connecticut and help our neighbors in need.Keep up with issues that we are following on this page. Sign up to be on our advocacy mailing list for quick updates. Consider learning more about the challenge of hunger in Connecticut by attending a Hunger 101 presentation or hosting one for your organization.

Connect With Your Legislator

Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Find your member of Congress and both U.S. Senators and like or follow their accounts. Be sure to tell them how you appreciate their work fighting for the food assistance programs our communities need.

Take five minutes to send an email or to call your member of Congress or one of our Senators to thank them for their continued work fighting for Connecticut’s families. Don’t feel overwhelmed with the need to make lots of contacts. Remember, your representative wants to hear from their constituents. That means you have one U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to keep on “your list.” At the state level, you will have one more State Representative and one State Senator.

Do you have an experience or story they need to hear? Perhaps you have been personally affected by hunger or know someone who has. Do you volunteer with the Connecticut Food Bank or one of our programs? Tell them about that experience and what it means to you. Or tell them about someone you’ve met while volunteering. Personal stories are meaningful. You don’t need to be an expert and statistical wizard to know the importance of this issue; if you’re involved, your voice matters!

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State Legislative Issues

We have testified at the State Capitol in support of legislation that impacts our work. Read about the legislation below and click links to track its progress in the legislature.

HJ 45 – RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING THE DONATION OF EXCESS FOOD TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO FEED FOOD-INSECURE PEOPLE. The resolution encourages State agencies and State contractors to donate excess food to nonprofit organizations feeding food insecure people. View activity on the resolution and read the text as drafted here. Our submitted testimony on the bill is available here.

Governor’s HB 7027 – AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH 2019, AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR. – This bill represents Governor Malloy’s proposed budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. We testified at a public hearing on February 16 to stress the importance of the charitably donated food safety net in Connecticut and need for continued State support. View activity on the budget and read the text as drafted here. Our submitted testimony is available here.

HB 5886 – AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TAX CREDIT FOR FOOD DONATED BY FARMERS TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS. This legislation would provide a tax credit to Connecticut Farms for crops donated to food banks. View activity on the bill and read the text as drafted here. Our submitted testimony on the bill is available here. UPDATE: HB5886 was approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor. It is Public Act 17-159.

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Federal Legislative Issues

SNAP Funding

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the cornerstone of federal nutrition programs. It provides food resources to 42 million Americans each year, including nearly 425,000 people in Connecticut. It represents more than $715 million in food assistance here in Connecticut – ten times the amount of assistance provided by the Connecticut Food Bank. Cuts to SNAP funding would be impossible for the charitable food safety net to absorb. Even a 10% cut would mean that the Connecticut Food Bank and our colleagues at Foodshare, which serves Hartford and Tolland Counties, would need to DOUBLE our distribution to fill the gap.

Proposals to reduce funding or to convert the funds to block grants awarded to states put the program at risk. Block grants are fixed amounts awarded yearly and do not provide the flexibility to scale the program to meet changes in need. Block grants discourage states from efforts to increase enrollments because they could be at risk of exceeding their funds for a given year. The SNAP program already offers flexibility to states. A few of the many choices states have include certain eligibility criteria, work requirements, enrollment and application processes, and coordination with other state-run programs.

Take Action:
Ask your member of Congress to oppose any effort to convert SNAP funding to block grants, which reduce program accountability and responsiveness.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

TEFAP provides food for distribution to people in need through emergency feeding organizations like the Connecticut Food Bank. We work with our more than 650 member programs to distribute that food throughout our service area. Connecticut currently receives more than $6.4 million in food and funds to support the storage, handling and transportation of that food to member programs. It represents nearly 25 percent of the food distributed in Connecticut. The 2014 Farm Bill included increased funding for TEFAP commodities for fiscal years 2015 through 2018. With the need for food remaining at high levels, we support the House’s FY17 legislative proposal to add an additional $19 million for the purchase of TEFAP foods. We also urge Congress to fully fund the storage and transportation portion of TEFAP. For years now, Congress has appropriated these critical funds at around half of the authorized $100 million annually. That current funding of $54 million covers only about 24 percent of the cost to distribute TEFAP foods, leaving food banks like ours to bridge the gap with other funds.

Take Action:
Ask your member of Congress to support the House’s FY17 legislative proposal to add an additional $19 million for the purchase of TEFAP foods. And ask their support for the FY17 legislative proposal to increase TEFAP storage and distribution to $59 million.