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World War II veteran never forgot

The following post was recently published in the Winter/Spring issue of Connecticut Food News. Decades later his memories of war are still vivid.  In a presentation to an engaged audience at the American Legion in Middletown, John D’Aquila, a resident of Long Island, told stories of his experiences as a medic in the European theater during World War II. He spoke compassionately about entering the Mauthausen concentration camp and encountering people who were skeletal from starvation and pleading for food. His unit immediately set up a soup kitchen to provide nourishment to the survivors.  “My war experience has given me a purpose, empathy, and an understanding of what is going on even today,” John told the audience. John, an attorney, has written a play, “From the Fires,” for 8th and 9th graders to help them understand the consequences of cruelty.  The play has been performed over 1,000 times at schools...
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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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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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Registration Under Way for Walk Against Hunger

Online registration is now open for Connecticut Food Bank’s 2013 Walk Against Hunger, at www.ctfoodbank.org/walk.  The family-fun event takes place each spring in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury, and new this year is an additional location at Chelsea Parade in Norwich to benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center and Connecticut Food Bank’s food-assistance programs in Windham County.  All four walks are 2.5 to 3 miles long with festivities beginning at 1 p.m. on the following dates and locations:   4th Annual Greater Bridgeport Walk Against Hunger Sunday, April 28, 2013, Seaside Park, Bridgeport   37th Annual Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 5, 2013, College Woods Pavilion at East Rock Park, New Haven   1st  Annual Eastern Connecticut Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 5, 2013, Chelsea Parade, Norwich   8th Annual Greater Waterbury Walk Against Hunger Sunday, May 19, 2013, Library Park, Waterbury Walk Against...
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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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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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Turning Kilowatts into Kindness – One Scoop at a Time

To kick off the summer season and give back to the local community, Fairfield’s own Gofer Ice Cream is hosting a “Kilowatts to Kindness” ice cream social in partnership with North American Power on Sunday, June 26, from 2-4 p.m. at Gofer Ice Cream of Fairfield (The Brick Walk – 1241 Post Road). Aside from appealing to those with a sweet tooth, the tasty social has a larger goal – helping to alleviate hunger. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the ice cream sales will be donated to Connecticut Food Bank. “Doing good for the community is very important to us here at Gofer ice cream,” said owner Jay Ragusa. “We’re delighted that we can make an impact in the lives of Connecticut residents in need.” Ragusa has taken giving back one step further, helping his customers extend their giving to Connecticut Food Bank by switching their energy supplier to...
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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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“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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Adam Cherry: An MVP in Our Eyes

As we head into another exciting World Series showdown, it’s worth highlighting a young baseball player from Southbury who is an MVP in our eyes. Adam Cherry, 18, of Southbury spent his last two seasons at Pomperaug High School using his pitching arm to “Strike Out Hunger.” Adam is now attending LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where he received a scholarship to play with the Division 1 baseball team. Two yeas ago, Adam wanted to help people in need, but he didn’t initially know how. So he turned to what he knew best: pitching baseball. He married his passion for baseball with his desire to help people and came up with his own unique fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Food Bank. He collected monetary pledges for every batter he struck out during the 2009 season for the Pomperaug Panthers’ varsity baseball team. “I want to do something good for the community. I...
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