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Appreciation for Connecticut’s Congressional Members vote on hunger relief

Deficit reduction is vital to our long-term economic opportunity and security. But that doesn’t mean it can be undertaken without regard to our national values. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives left values on the sideline when it moved forward with the Nutrition portion of the Farm Bill – that would cut food assistance for our nation’s hungry by nearly $40 billion.  Connecticut’s delegation however, voted against these cuts.  We thank them for their commitment to helping those who struggle with food insecurity. Now legislation to cut SNAP will be taken up by the Senate. Under the legislation, millions of struggling Americans would see their food assistance cut or eliminated entirely, this at a time when all SNAP/food stamp participants are already scheduled to receive a benefit cut this November. Some like to point to the great work that food banks are doing to suggest that hunger is better solved by...
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Increasing number of Connecticut residents at risk of hunger

2013’s “Map the Meal Gap” study released today by Feeding America, shows 14.5 percent, or 520,350 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure, and it would take more than $239 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or $15.16 per week for each food insecure person.  Those figures are an increase over last year’s data which showed a 13.8 percent food insecurity rate, with a $231 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.   Middlesex County has among the highest food costs in Connecticut ($3.26 per meal) , with New Haven County having the highest (14.4%) food insecurity rate in the state.  In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, 48 percent of the food insecure population does not qualify for food stamps or other federal food assistance program.  In Connecticut, the overall number is 57 percent, up 5 percent over last year’s data.    Child Food Insecurity rate on rise In Connecticut Food...
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Connecticut Food Bank wins national award for excellence

Connecticut Food Bank received a 2013 Excellence in Food Banking Award for Resource Development at the annual Feeding America Network Executive Directors’ Forum being held this week in Nashville. The award is given to the year’s most outstanding resource development program from the 202 food banks across the nation in the Feeding America network. Judges awarded the distinction to Connecticut Food Bank for its fundraising efforts in the past year. In particular, the judges noted the food bank’s push to expand its donor base. Connecticut Food Bank’s work has proven successful, with public support for its work to alleviate hunger more than doubling over the past five years.  The food bank also was recognized for its efforts in Fairfield County where financial support from individuals has grown. The food bank’s online virtual food drives have also increased – with double digit growth in just one year. “Connecticut Food Bank continues to...
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Wear Orange September 6 for Hunger Awareness

Connecticut Food Bank is urging people to wear orange on Thursday, September, 6, as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities during Hunger Action Month.  Hunger affects more than 490,000 people, including more than 150,000 children, in Connecticut on a year-round basis.   In September, Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food bank around the country are engaging citizens to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is in every community.    “We are calling on Connecticut residents to do what they can to bring attention to hunger in their communities,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president & CEO.  “People can make a difference by advocating or giving time and energy, sharing information on social media or donating food and funds.”  In addition to wearing orange, the color of hunger relief on September 6, Connecticut residents can rally...
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Get Fit and Earn Money for Connecticut Food Bank with Free Mobile App

Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, has teamed up with Charity Miles, a new, free iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn money for charities while walking, running or biking.  Connecticut Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.  For every mile covered, walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile, and bicyclists earn 10 cents per mile for their selected charity.   Once the app is downloaded and Feeding America is selected from the list of participating charities, participants from Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties will be raising money to support Connecticut Food Bank and its network of 600 local food assistance programs.  More than 11 million Americans walked, ran or biked for charity last year, collectively raising more than $1 billion from family and friends but seldom had corporate sponsors. Charity Miles has created a sponsorship pool of $1 million...
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Study shows nearly 19 percent of Connecticut’s children at risk of hunger

Connecticut Food Bank and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Feeding America, are releasing a study today that reveals the number of Connecticut children who are struggling with hunger.  The Child Food Insecurity 2012 Study shows Connecticut’s overall child food insecurity rate is 18.8 percent, or 151,530 children state wide.  This number is unchanged from last year’s overall rate of 18.9 percent.  Food insecurity is a phrase used by the USDA to describe lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life. In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, which includes Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham Counties, the child food insecurity rate is 16.9 percent, or 99,610 children.  According to the study, 48 percent of the food insecure children in Connecticut Food Bank’s service area do not receive federal food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps), free or reduced price school...
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Study Shows Food Insecurity Rate on Rise in Connecticut

Connecticut Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today released the 2012 “Map the Meal Gap” study, which offers a detailed look at food budget required to meet the needs of families struggling with hunger here in Connecticut.   According to the study, nearly 14 percent, or 493,020 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure, and it would take nearly $232 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or $16 per week for each food insecure person.  Those figures are an increase over last year’s data which showed 12.3 percent food insecurity rate, with a $199 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.    This is the second year Map the Meal Gap is being released, providing the latest county-level food cost data compiled by The Nielsen Company.  The study breaks down the food budget shortfall of residents and calculates the approximate number of meals missing from the...
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Local egg farm donates 96,000 eggs

Today’s generous donation of 96,000 eggs from Kofkoff Egg Farm – Moark, LLC, of Bozrah, will give a boost to our member soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters this Easter holiday. That’s nearly four miles of eggs if stretched shell to shell! The egg donation will help our network of food-assistance programs meet increased demand. Bob Hodge of Moark said he’s proud to be partnering with Connecticut Food Bank, “to provide much needed protein to the most needy in our community, especially during the Easter holiday season.” A Land O’Lakes wholly-owned egg subsidiary, Moark’s donation is part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America, to donate 10 million eggs to food banks around the country. Since 2008, Connecticut Food Bank has received more than 800,000 eggs from Kofkoff Egg Farm- Moark to help with hunger-relief efforts in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Food Bank Earns Most “Likes” in Kraft Huddle to Fight Hunger Challenge

Thanks to the overwhelming support of our social media community, Connecticut Food Bank has earned a 350,000 meal* donation from Kraft Foods in the nationwide Huddle to Fight Hunger Challenge.  Kraft Foods challenged Feeding America food banks to join the huddle by “LIKING” the Kraft Fight Hunger page on Facebook ( For every “Like,” Kraft Foods donated one meal to Feeding America.  Once there, additional meals were generated for local communities by simply entering a zip code and playing a 2-Minute Trivia Drill game.  Connecticut Food Bank participated in the 2011 Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign to raise awareness for the problem of hunger, while at the same time, encouraging people to help reach the goal of 25 million meals donated to Feeding America.  The organization rallied big support and the most local “LIKES” to earn its extra 350,000 meal donation from Kraft Foods. “We appreciate the support of our social media community for helping us...
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