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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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Young anti-hunger advocates surpass expectations

Thanks to Trumbull’s Academically Gifted (TAG) fifth-grade students, Connecticut Food Bank can distribute approximately 9,300 more meals to low-income families in Connecticut! Since September, the students partnered with us on a service learning project about hunger in Connecticut.   According to TAG program leaders, service learning provides students with the opportunity to make a difference in their community.  And did they ever! Last night the ambitious boys and girls held an Expo to present the results of their hard work. They raised funds through bake sales, held a walkathon,  sponsored a “crazy hat day” fundraiser at school  and scheduled restaurant “give back” nights where a portion of the dining room sales were donated to Connecticut Food Bank.  Food drives were held, and volunteer hours were given at local soup kitchens, our Thanksgiving food drives and in our warehouses.  All with the goal of helping hungry men, women and children right in...
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Register for the 2014 Walk Against Hunger

Online registration is now open for Connecticut Food Bank’s 2014 Walk Against Hunger, at www.ctfoodbank.org/walk. The family-fun event takes place each spring in Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwich and Waterbury.  All four walks are 2.5 to 3 miles long with festivities beginning at 1 p.m. on the following dates and locations: 5th Annual Greater Bridgeport Walk Against Hunger Sunday, April 27, 2014, Seaside Park, Bridgeport 8th Annual Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 4, 2014, College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park, New Haven 2nd Annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 18, 2014, Chelsea Parade, Norwich The Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger benefits The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and programs served by Connecticut Food Bank in Windham County. 9th Annual Greater Waterbury Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 18, 2014, Hamilton Park, Waterbury (new location) Walk Against Hunger participants are supported by family members, friends,...
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So Much to be Thankful for

The following blog entry is from Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington. The generosity of individuals, families, school and civic groups, businesses and organizations is making it possible for thousands of low-income families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday. It is only through the support of many in the community that Connecticut Food Bank is able to ensure a successful “Thanksgiving for All” campaign. I am happy to report that together, we collected 25,512 turkeys and more than 412,720 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide 599,055 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we acknowledge that hunger does not take a holiday. In Connecticut alone, there are more than 520,000 people who struggle to put food on the table each and every day.  And nearly one...
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Our 2013 Corporate Hero is Connecticut Distributors

Connecticut Distributors (CDI) is one of the largest wine and spirits distributors in the state. Through its partners Ernest & Julio Gallo, the company raised more than $10,000 in 2012 for Connecticut Food Bank.  In addition to funds,  CDI held a food sorting and repacking event last year at its Stratford facility where 40 employees packed nearly five pallets of food for distribution to needy families on our mobile pantries. CDI’s fundraising and employee engagement events are making a difference in our efforts to provide nutritious food to people in need.

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Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 11

Connecticut Food Bank is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) on Saturday, May 11, to Stamp Out Hunger.  Now in its 21st year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, helping to provide assistance to millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on the table. Held each year on the second Saturday in May, the event helps replenish food banks and pantries in more than 10,000 communities. Last year’s drive marked the ninth consecutive year that people donated more than 70 million pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. “Connecticut Food Bank thanks the letter carriers for efforts to help us alleviate hunger in Connecticut,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s President and CEO.  “This food drive is needed because more than half of the people in Connecticut who struggle with hunger do not qualify for...
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New Project to Help Curb Hunger in Fairfield County

The Weekly Curbside Collection Project is a new initiative launched by Connecticut Food Bank to increase food donations for those who struggle with hunger in Fairfield County. “Neighborhoods throughout Fairfield County can work together to curb hunger by donating food once a week through The Weekly Curbside Food Collection Project,” said Connecticut Food Bank Chief Development Officer Janet Kniffin.  “It may only take 20 minutes a week for a neighbor to collect the food that others have left next to their mailboxes – but it will have a huge impact on hunger in Fairfield County.  Kniffin noted the Dolphin Cove neighborhood in Stamford donated more than 200,000 pounds of food over the last 10 years, which took about 20 minutes a week of volunteer effort. Funded by a grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF), Connecticut Food Bank is working to identify, and connect with, community-minded neighborhoods.  “All food...
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It’s “Souper” Bowl Sunday

We’re excited for the weekend and it doesn’t involve football! It’s all because this year’s Chowdafest is at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Souper” Bowl Sunday, February 3. Bring your appetite as 30 restaurants compete for your vote in the annual event that benefits Connecticut Food Bank. More than 10,000 people are expected to fill the arena with soup spoons, pencils and ballots in hand to vote for their favorite New England Clam Chowder, Creative Chowder and Soup/Bisque.  And if you have a favorite football team, you’re encouraged to show your team spirit by wearing a team jersey and even eye black! Don’t forget a nonperishable food item to donate to Connecticut Food Bank so you can be entered into a drawing for a $200 Stop & Shop gift card! There’ll be entertainment, kids’ activities and a chance to meet Chef Quahog,...
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Thank you for successful “Thanksgiving for All” campaign

Connecticut Food Bank and the people we serve are so grateful for the overwhelming support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our 2012 “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success.  Our pantries and soup kitchens who are in communities that were the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy just a little over three weeks ago, had an increased demand from families who lost so much.  Not only did people spring into action to help restock food supplies immediately after the storm, but the support poured in the days and weeks that followed. Together, we collected 25,138 turkeys and more than 240,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 490,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we acknowledge that Thanksgiving is just one...
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More turkeys needed for Thanksgiving for All campaign

An estimated 9,000 more turkeys are needed by Monday if Connecticut Food Bank is to match the amount of turkeys distributed at Thanksgiving last year.  And with Thanksgiving one week away, Connecticut Food Bank is asking the public to help provide low-income families with a holiday meal this year. Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed more than 25,000 turkeys and more than 360,000 pounds of “trimmings” to agencies feeding people in six of Connecticut’s eight counties. While the people of Connecticut have been especially generous to their neighbors who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the food bank is now in need of turkeys and other food items so the 300,000 people served by its network of soup kitchens and food pantries enjoy a holiday meal. The turkeys and “trimmings” collected are distributed to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds are being used to purchase additional holiday food...
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