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Category Archives: Fund/food raising

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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Appreciation in the aftermath of Sandy

You may have seen it on the news yesterday.   Hundreds waited in line to donate nonperishable food and personal care products to Connecticut Food Bank, warm clothing to the Salvation Army and dollars to the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts here in Connecticut. Vehicles stuffed with bags and boxes of groceries lined Sargent Drive in New Haven leading into IKEA, as well as at the Sears parking lot in West Hartford.  Today, we’re still unloading pallets of food and personal care items, but so far we have more than 200,000 pounds! The generosity is much appreciated as people who are struggling financially must replace the food items they had to throw away after losing power.  Our network of 600 food assistance programs throughout six counties are expecting an even greater demand for their services in the weeks ahead. There are so many people and organizations...
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Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive Launched

You can help your neighbors who are feeling the impact of Hurricane Sandy.  Connecticut Food Bank has launched a virtual food drive to help respond to the rapidly growing need for food assistance. With so many families with limited or no resources to put food on the table, we need your help now more than ever.  For these families, it is not as simple as restocking when the power comes back on.  They can’t always afford food under normal circumstances.  And low-wage workers may not be getting paid for those hours that their employers are closed due to power outages. You can access our Hurricane Virtual Drive here.  Thank you for thinking of those who struggle every day as the state recovers from another natural disaster.

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Thanksgiving for All campaign under way

Local media, grocery stores and businesses are helping us get ready for our 2012 “Thanksgiving for All” campaign, a series of special events, food drives and fundraisers to benefit individuals and families in need of food assistance during the holiday season and the cold winter months that follow. The turkeys and “trimmings” collected will be distributed by Connecticut Food Bank to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds are being used to purchase additional holiday food and for the distribution of the donated food throughout Connecticut. Last year, we distributed enough turkeys and trimmings to provide more than 800,000 meals for people in need during the holiday season. Every food and fund drive is critical, not only to collect food and funds, but to increase awareness about the ongoing problem of hunger and poverty that many Connecticut residents continue to face.  One out of every seven households in...
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Food and funds collected for New Haven Restaurant Week

Area residents can help make a difference in the lives of those affected by hunger by patronizing some of the city’s most sought-after restaurants during New Haven Restaurant Week, November 11 – 16.  For the second year, Citizens Bank and Market New Haven have partnered to bring attention to the problem of hunger.  Diners at the 33 participating restaurants are being encouraged to add a one dollar donation when paying their meal tab, which enables Connecticut Food Bank to feed one person for one day.   In addition to funds, people can donate non-perishable food items.  The city of New Haven is collecting non-perishables until November 30 at City Hall, The New Haven Free Public Library and the new Gateway Community College.   Project Storefront artists will then create an art installation out of the donated products and display them at 756 Chapel Street. To see a list of participating restaurants,...
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2012 Walks Against Hunger raise more than $250,000

Connecticut Food Bank’s 2012 Walks Against Hunger in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury have raised more than $250,000 for hunger-relief efforts in Connecticut.  Nearly 2,000 walkers participated in the three Walks in late April and May.  Funds raised will enable Connecticut Food Bank to transport, warehouse and distribute more than $1.2 million of food at wholesale value for local community agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries and adult and child day programs. “We are grateful to the Walkers, donors and sponsors for helping to make 2012 our most successful Walk season to date,” said Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington.  “The support from individuals, businesses, schools, food pantries, civic groups and clubs is overwhelming and will go a long way to help those who struggle to put food on the table every day.” In Connecticut, more than half of the people who are at risk...
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Help us get “More Milk” for hungry children this summer

Summer is a time of high anxiety for low-income families who must provide 200 extra meals for each child when school is not in session.  To help make a difference in the lives of these children, The Farmer’s Cow is donating a half gallon of milk to Connecticut Food Bank – up to 5,000 gallons during the months of July and August – for every four electronic greeting cards that are emailed to help spread the word about the problem of summer hunger.  Contrary to what many people believe, the highest demand for food assistance to hungry families is during the summer.  “The number of children who have little or no food during the summer months is alarming,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president & CEO.   “Nearly one out of every five children in Connecticut is at risk of hunger, which is more than 109,000 children in Connecticut...
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Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger on May 12

Connecticut Food Bank is joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) on Saturday, May 12, to Stamp Out Hunger. Now in its 20th year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, representing 1,300 local branches of the postal union. Participating letter carriers across the country are collecting non-perishable food donations that day along their postal routes. 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 the Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected 70.2 million pounds of food donations, pushing the 19-year total to more than 1.1 billion pounds of food. “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 important because recent data tells us that 61...
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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 (www.Facebook.com/KraftFightHunger). 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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More Donations Needed this Thanksgivng

Our “Thanksgiving for All” campaign is under way with special events, food drives and fundraisers to help individuals and families in need of food assistance during the holiday season and the cold winter months that follow. The turkeys and “trimmings” collected will be distributed by Connecticut Food Bank to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds will be used to buy more holiday food and for the distribution of the donated food throughout Connecticut. Last weekend’s Stuff-a-Bus food drive sponsored by Unilever at the Silver Sands Stop & Shop in Milford yielded 1,600 pounds of food. Last year, we distributed enough turkeys and trimmings to provide an estimated 790,000 meals for people in need during the holiday season. This year, every food and fund drive is critical, not only to collect food and funds, but to increase awareness about the ongoing problem of hunger and poverty that many...
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