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Connecticut Food Bank Hunger News & Advocacy Blog

Supplemental Food Resource for Seniors

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded program which works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Up to 1,600 distributions are taking place across the state at 15 partner programs with applicants required to be Connecticut residents over 60 years of age, who fall below 130 percent of the federal poverty level — $1,265 per month for a family of one and $1,705 for a family of two. Participants in the program receive a food box each month consisting of staple foods, which include pasta, cereal, rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables and canned meat. Nationally in 2013, 579,000 senior citizens received their food package through the program each month. To learn more about CSFP contact Anna Petsching, Member Services Coordinator, at apetsching@ctfoodbank.org or call 203-469-5000.  

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Meet our new President & CEO Rob Levine

Dear Friends, I am pleased to be writing to you as the new President & CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an extraordinary team of volunteers and employees who are tackling the problem of hunger each and every day. It’s great to be in Connecticut to share our important mission to provide nutritious food to people in need with so many friends and family. Thanks to your support, the Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and largest provider of charitable food donations in Connecticut, distributing enough food to make 46,000 meals a day. This is no small task as 300,000 people, including 100,000 children, depend on our network of nearly 700 critical, local food-assistance programs as a lifeline to nutritious food. As a supporter of the Connecticut Food Bank, I know you share my passion...
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Hunger Action Heroes honored

Connecticut Food Bank recently honored  the 2014 Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony hosted by WTNH News 8’s Morning News Anchor Chris Velardi, and attended by more than 100 at the East Haven warehouse. The heroes are individuals, businesses and organizations that go above and beyond to support Connecticut Food Bank in its mission to provide nutritious food to people in need. The ceremony is held annually in September, designated as Hunger Action Month, supported by Citizens Bank Foundation. Mark Tuchmann of Cheshire was presented with The Bill Liddell Award – the highest tribute paid by Connecticut Food Bank to an individual, organization or corporation in recognition of exemplary service, ongoing dedication and significant support of the Food Bank and its mission. The award was named after Bill Liddell who supported the Food Bank by donating a total of 104 tons of fresh produce, as well as time and funds....
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Hunger in America 2014: The Face of Hunger in Connecticut

Sixty-eight percent of people seeking food assistance from Connecticut Food Bank’s network of feeding programs had to choose between paying for food or medicine in the last 12 months according to the Hunger in America 2014 report for Connecticut. The study was conducted by Connecticut Food Bank in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Nationally, Hunger in America 2014 found that 46.5 million people turn to agencies and programs of the Feeding America network of food banks every year. Connecticut Food Bank has been a member of the Feeding America network since 1984. The study documents client household demographics and the challenges that Connecticut Food Bank’s clients face. It is the first study that assesses the prevalence of food insecurity among past and active members of the U.S. Military and among adult students. “The results of this study show us that the face of hunger is...
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GROW Up with Good Nutrition Launches in New Haven

Connecticut Food Bank is helping low-income families with young children gain access to healthy food and nutrition education through the new GROW Up with Good Nutrition initiative. Thanks to a grant of $250,000 a year for three years from Stop & Shop’s Our Family Foundation, Connecticut Food Bank’s “GROW!” Truck travels to early childhood, preschool, daycare and Head Start Programs in New Haven, Hamden and Bridgeport on a regular basis. The “GROW!” Truck’s newest location is Centro San Jose in New Haven, and Harris & Tucker Preschool in Hamden. It started visiting ABCD Head Start programs in Bridgeport earlier this year. Serving as a healthy “food pantry” on wheels, the “GROW!” Truck is a customized, refrigerated vehicle with shelves that are loaded with items such as apples, pears, grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, onions, carrots, low-fat milk, peanut butter, brown rice, tuna, ground beef and fish. Families enrolled in the program attend a...
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Morgan Stanley grant brings needed support to Kids’ BackPack Program

Connecticut Food Bank was recently presented a $50,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its Kids’ BackPack Program, a child hunger initiative that helps to make sure kids are fed outside of school hours. This grant is the third gift Connecticut Food Bank has received from Morgan Stanley, bringing the total to $100,000. The grant is part of the latest phase in Morgan Stanley’s more than $14 million commitment to Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks that distribute millions of meals every year to children and families across the United States.  As part of the initiative, Morgan Stanley will award more than $4 million over three years to local food banks like Connecticut Food Bank to launch, expand and sustain critical childhood feeding programs. “We are grateful that Morgan Stanley has stepped forward another time to fund our efforts to deliver nutritious meals to children and...
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Wolcott Food Pantry partners with community for support

Connecticut Food Bank recently sat down with Helen Donovan, Director at the Wolcott Food Pantry to learn more about how the pantry works with local community and responds to summer hunger. How many families does the Wolcott Food Pantry serve? The pantry currently has 152 families that are registered with us.  Each family is allowed to come to the pantry on a weekly basis. We currently serve between 50 to 60 families, or approximately 160 people on a weekly basis. What changes has the pantry experienced over the last year? We have seen a large increase in the number of new families applying for help. The increase is across-the- board among seniors, families or individuals. We have found that our clients were being forced to make hard decisions this past winter on whether to buy food or pay heating bills. How do you address the issue of summer hunger? We work with...
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Nancy L. Carrington announces retirement at end of 2014

As you may already know, I have decided to retire as President & CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank as of December 31, 2014.   When I joined Connecticut Food Bank in 1984, a few hundred thousand pounds of food were being distributed to 70 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters annually. With your help, Connecticut Food Bank has grown to distribute 20 million pounds of food each year to nearly 700 food-assistance programs throughout Connecticut. This would not have been possible without the support of so many anti-hunger advocates like you, and for that I am grateful. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me to make.  Food banking has been my passion for 30 years, but it is now time for me to look to the future. I will remain a life-long advocate for the hungry, but I also look forward to exploring the many other...
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Monroe Food Pantry: Meeting the growing need

Connecticut Food Bank recently sat down with Wendy Jolls, Food Pantry Coordinator at the Monroe Food Pantry to get an understanding of the need in Monroe, and how the pantry is meeting the ever-increasing need. How many families does the Monroe Food Pantry serve each month? We have 228 families who are qualified to shop at the pantry but on a typical month we serve about 120 to 150 families.  Have there been any changes in need over the last year? Our needs have changed because of the increase in volume in monthly clients. Last year we saw an average of 70 to 100 families a month. We’ve also made some changes by giving out more fresh produce which we purchase from a wholesaler to supplement the products/produce that we get from Connecticut Food Bank. What are your greatest challenges? Getting the community to understand the need in Monroe. We...
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30,000 pounds of General Mills food donated by Ocean State Job Lot

Ocean State Job Lot continues to make a difference for low-income families who are struggling with hunger. This week 30,000 pounds of General Mills food items were delivered to Connecticut Food Bank including pasta, soup and mashed potatoes. It’s all part of Ocean State Job Lot’s Three Square Meals program, Each holiday season, Job Lot matches the dollars donated by customers at the register during the holiday season and uses the funds to purchase food for donation to area food banks. This year, a total of $4.2 million worth of shelf stable food will be delivered to food banks around New England and New York – the largest food donation by a private company in New England. The General Mills food donation comes to Connecticut Food Bank at a critical time. Children will soon begin summer vacation which means low-income families will not have access to free/reduced price school meals...
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