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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

Get Informed

Federal funding for food assistance is addressed in several areas. Take a moment to learn more about three important areas of influence through these helpful summaries from Feeding America.

The Farm Bill

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Appropriations, Budget and Taxes