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Category Archives: Fundraising

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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Peapod: Refer-a-Friend/Feed the Hungry Program

Earlier this month, we received a wonderful gift from Peapod, an online grocer that serves Connecticut. From June 17 through Aug. 12, Peapod, through its summer Refer-a-Friend Charity Program, agreed to contribute $10 for every new referred customer up to a campaign maximum of $25,000. Those that referred and tried the service for the first time also earned a $10 discount for their own grocery orders. As a result of the community effort, 11 food banks received a $25,000 gift overall. Of those funds, Connecticut Food Bank received $2,912. Thank you Peapod for your ongoing support of our mission to alleviate hunger. Posted by Janet Kniffin, Chief Development Officer of Connecticut Food Bank

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A Bake-off to FIGHT HUNGER in September

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog entry features a post from a Connecticut Food Bank supporter and how her office is doing its part in the fight against hunger during Hunger Action Month. The office turned a healthy competition into a fundraiser to fight hunger. If you have a Facebook account, check out this link. It began with a bunch of bananas and a couple of ladies who like to bake. When my co-worker brought in some heavily freckled bananas, Kelly and I both wanted to make banana bread with them. As strong, competitive women, we quickly launched a competition. We’d both make banana bread, and co-workers would judge the breads for deliciousness. The best bread would win! I take the train to work, and as I was transporting my loaf, I read Connecticut Food Bank’s newsletter and noticed that September is Hunger Awareness Month. One child in six doesn’t have enough...
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