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Thanks for Your Support

Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express the appreciation felt by Connecticut Food Bank for the great outpouring of support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success. The people of Connecticut have always been generous—and they proved that again this year. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and October’s snow storm, people were generous. Because of that early generosity, we were concerned that donations during the Thanksgiving season would drop. But we put out the call for the need for food and the community responded overwhelmingly. Together, we collected 25,052 turkeys and more than 392,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 600,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we have to remember Thanksgiving...
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Connecticut Food Bank 2011 Hunger Action Heroes Honored

Connecticut Food Bank recently honored our Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony attended by more than 100 at our East Haven warehouse. The heroes are individuals, businesses and organizations that go above and beyond to support Connecticut Food Bank in its mission to alleviate hunger in Connecticut. The ceremony is held annually in September, designated as Hunger Action Month. “You are our heroes in many ways, but more importantly you are our inspiration, making a difference in the lives of the men, women and children who depend on us for food,” Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington told the honorees. “We thank you for your extraordinary service on behalf of our mission to alleviate hunger in Connecticut.” Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro was presented with The Bill Liddell Award – the highest tribute paid by Connecticut Food Bank to an individual, organization or corporation in recognition of...
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Student’s gratitude earns “A” from her teacher and Connecticut Food Bank

It’s not often that we have the opportunity to hear directly from the young people who give back after experiencing what it’s like to be food insecure. An 11th grade girl recently sent the following letter to tell us her story: “I am proud to say that due to a project I recently did; my teacher is donating $25 to your organization. I chose your organization for my project because you helped out me and my mother in times of hardship. Now, my mother and I donate as many canned foods as we can, whenever we can. As I said before, my mother and I are really grateful for the food you supplied in our time of need. I hope your organization is thriving and continues to help out those in time of need.” Her teacher told us, “My Career Development classes had to complete an assignment dedicated to researching...
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More than 500 take part in Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger

Connecticut Food Bank’s 35th Annual Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger on May 1 presented by Webster Bank exceeded expectations, with a record number of walkers coming out to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut. Thank you to all the walkers, member programs and volunteers who made the event one of the most successful ever! We know many enjoyed the walk, music, food and lawn games on a spectacular Sunday afternoon in May! Congratulations to the Greater New Haven Spirit Award winners: Best Team Name: UNH Strawberry Striders Best Team Costume: Fabulous Females for Food Best Team Spirit: Master’s Manna of Wallingford And special thanks to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Miss Connecticut Junior Preteen Mikayla Raffone and John Voket from 99.1 WPLR for helping to rally the crowd before they hit the pavement. Check out Walk photos donated by Stefanie Kapra of Photography and More on Connecticut Food Bank’s Facebook...
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Connecticut Food Bank Receives $30,000 Donation from Wells Fargo Bank

Connecticut Food Bank is the recipient of a $30,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank presented today at a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the official opening the new Wells Fargo brand in Connecticut. Wells Fargo Bank recently asked its customers in Connecticut to vote for their favorite nonprofit, with the top vote getters being the recipients of community-based grants. Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington accepted the check from Kent McClum, Wells Fargo Bank’s Community Banking President for Connecticut. “This generous donation from Wells Fargo will help us provide more than 100,000 meals to people in need,” she said. “We are extremely grateful to Wells Fargo and its customers for selecting Connecticut Food Bank to receive these funds to enable us to help Connecticut residents who continue to struggle to put food on the table in this challenging economy.” According to the Food Research and Action Center...
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Dunkin’ Donuts Employees Rise to the Challenge for Kids’ BackPack Program

The Mohegan Sun Arena is known for WNBA games and rock concerts. But on Thursday morning, the floor of the arena was taken over by corporate employees of Dunkin’ Donuts and Connecticut Food Bank for two hours of competitive community service and chaos. At the invitation of Dunkin’ Donuts, the food bank brought in two truckloads of Kids’ BackPack supplies in the wee hours of the morning. By 10 a.m., the Dunkin’ Donuts employees arrived to hear a challenge: a similar group in New Orleans had packed 6,000 packets of food for its local Kids’ BackPack program and we wanted to beat that record. After a Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin Robbins Community Foundation check presentation of $5,700 to help defray the costs of the Kids’ BackPack program, the employees were divided into five teams. To promote that competitive spirit, the team that packed the most bags was going to get a...
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Mobile Pantry Program, $100,000 Grant from Wal-Mart Employees Brings Fresh Produce and Other Food Items to Those in Need

Connecticut Food Bank has a new partner in its efforts to fight hunger in the state. Since September of this year, the state¹s largest food bank has operated a Mobile Pantry Program that brings nutritional items to food insecure families and households in six Connecticut counties. The Mobile Pantry Program gives Connecticut Food Bank the ability to distribute fresh food items including dairy products, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grain goods and other perishable items directly to individuals in need. The healthy food choices are due in large part to a $100,000 grant from Wal-Mart employees submitted through the Wal-Mart Foundation¹s Associate Choice Program. “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation that will make a world of difference in the lives of people struggling with food insecurity in the communities we serve,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank. “Connecticut Food Bank is proud to be...
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“That’s a lot of salad dressing!” — Paul L. Newman

At last week’s “Over the Moon Celebration,” Tom Brokaw reminded all of us of a famous line from President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Brokaw added that both Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward lived by these words every day. And what they’ve done for our country – and the world — is pretty amazing. It was at this same celebratory party in New York City that Newman’s Own announced that it surpassed the $300 million mark in charitable giving, as Joanne Woodward distributed another $1.4 million dollars in charitable contributions to 14 organizations including Feeding America. The evening’s event was co-chaired by Joanne Woodward Newman and Clea Newman Soderlund, Paul and Joanne Newman’s youngest daughter. In addition to supporting Feeding America, Newman’s Own Foundation has been a strong supporter of Connecticut Food Bank,...
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The GFWC/CT State Project for 2010-2012 is Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare

As State Project Chairman for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut for 2010 to 2012, I am proud to be working with such a terrific group of people on a very important mission. Our mission, like yours, is to stamp out hunger in Connecticut. “I was very impressed. They are an energetic and enthusiastic and dedicated group of women. I can see that they will be effective because they are efficient, really taking the cause very seriously,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank, who addressed GFWC recently this month to discuss the state project. The GFWC is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations. It was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901. Over 10,000 members nationwide work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education,...
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An Apple a Day …

Spending the day picking apples is a traditional autumn activity in New England. The fresh autumn air, the beautiful scenery, and of course there’s nothing like biting into a freshly picked, crisp and juicy apple with the perfect mix of sweet and tart. But for thousands of people struggling with hunger in Connecticut, fresh apples are not always on the menu. One way that Connecticut Food Bank is able to provide fresh apples, and other produce, to people struggling with hunger throughout our six county service area is through gleaning projects. Now you may be wondering “what is gleaning?” Simply put, gleaning is the act of harvesting fresh produce after the farmers have harvested all that they are able to sell. Local growers sometimes find that there is still produce in their fields after they have sold all that they can. As a result they don’t always harvest their entire...
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