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.
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!
State Legislative Issues
The Legislature will convene for its 2019 Session in January. Check back for issues we will follow in the new session.
Some highlights from 2018
In February, Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau testified before the Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly to urge reconsideration of a proposed cut of more than $95,000 to funding for the Connecticut Nutrition Assistance Program (CT-NAP), which provides funds for the purchase of quality proteins for distribution through food pantries in Connecticut. Read his testimony.
Senate Bill 270: AN ACT CONCERNING WORK AND COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS FOR RECIPIENTS OF CERTAIN PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.
To require work and community service by able-bodied, adult recipients of Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
The Connecticut Food Bank OPPOSES this bill, which would increase hardship for Connecticut individuals already struggling with unemployment or with work that doesn’t provide enough hours or pay to meet basic needs. Learn more about the bill. Read our submitted testimony.
Check back regularly to see updates and additional items of interest or sign up for our advocacy emails to receive updates by email.
You can stay up to date on the work of the State Legislature by visiting their website.
Many state government proceedings are covered by CT-N, the Connecticut Network. Visit their website.
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.