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Category Archives: Hunger Action

Waterbury City Hall and Chase Municipal Building Glow Orange This Month

The front of both Waterbury City Hall and the Chase Municipal Building are glowing orange for the entire month of September to help shine light on the more than 490,000 people in Connecticut, including more than 150,000 children, who struggle with hunger.  It’s all due to September being Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our local communities.   “City Hall and the Chase Municipal Building are two of most popular buildings in the City of Waterbury,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president & CEO.  “By lighting up the front of the buildings orange this month, our hope is to engage people to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is, right here in Connecticut.”  The lighting of the City Hall and the Chase Municipal Building could not have been possible without the cooperation of the City of Waterbury and...
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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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Fill a Bowl During Hunger Action Month

In honor of Hunger Action Month this September, Community Soup Kitchen of New Haven is hosting a Fill A Bowl fund raiser at various restaurants in the area.  The following news release provides all the details.    Last year the Community Soup Kitchen of New Haven (CSK) served nearly 59,000 meals.  In the first 6 months of this year alone the number has climbed to 36,000.  To meet the increase, the kitchen will sell ‘soup bowls’ at dozens of New Haven area pubs and restaurants during September – Hunger Action Month.  Customers can buy a colorful artist’s drawing of a bowl for $5 – the cost of a meal at the kitchen – then sign the bowl that’s posted in the restaurant.    Most restaurants will have a Hunger Action Month theme but many Irish places will use the fundraiser to commemorate a devastating famine in 1840s Ireland incorporating the theme – the...
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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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SNAP Challenge – Day 7: The Final Day

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. My family has decided to feed one more person at our table each day … Since we have four people in our family, we will feed an extra person by pledging one-quarter of our monthly food budget to our local food pantry. I’ve reached the seventh and final day of my SNAP Challenge. It has been an incredible experience and I am very glad that I tried it. I started the Challenge with two goals in mind. First, I wanted to experience first-hand what it would be like to live on a budget of $4 per day for food for one week. A good friend of mine often quotes “Idealism is proportional to one’s distance from a...
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SNAP Challenge – Day 6: Trying to find a balance

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. We are posting her experience in this blog over the next few days. I am sitting here, staring at the computer with a raging headache, trying to concentrate on what it is I might want to write in today’s journal entry. I’ve had this headache on and off for two days. I’m on the sixth day of the Challenge. I am finding that even when I eat enough so that I don’t feel hungry, I am still not feeling well. I can’t help but think it has to do with a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables. Today’s menu is much like the past few days: oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast, lentils and rice for lunch,...
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SNAP Challenge – Day 5: A Challenge By Any Other Name…

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. We are posting her experience in this blog over the next few days. After a fifth morning in a row eating delicious and nutritious oatmeal with brown sugar, we’ve decided that this should actually be called the “SNAP at you challenge.” Yes, I was a bit grumpy this morning. My mother, however, loved the oatmeal. I brought the one left over tortilla with refried beans and rice with me for lunch for us to share along with, yup, you guessed it, black beans and rice. I also decided to eat my second apple. Can you believe it? I forgot the salsa. Lunch. Bland but filling. I was so thankful that my mom didn’t complain. I might have...
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SNAP Challenge – Day 4: Analysis and a Visit

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. We are posting her experience in this blog over the next few days. Analysis Again, I started the day with oatmeal with brown sugar. I like oatmeal a lot, but I am having a harder and harder time putting the spoon in my mouth. Eating like this does lack a bit of variety. I know that eating a variety of foods gives you a better chance of getting the nutrients you need. I was feeling very hungry and tired yesterday so I did a little analysis of what kind of nutrition I was getting. First of all, I want to say that it is not as easy as one might think to figure out what you are...
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SNAP Challenge – Day 3: Hunger

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. We are posting her experience in this blog over the next few days. Today is the first day that I have really felt very, very hungry. I started the day with my obligatory bowl of oatmeal with a tablespoon of brown sugar. At about 11a.m., I started longing for lunch and feeling a bit tired. For lunch, I had an apple dipped in about three tablespoons of peanut butter. I chose a red delicious apple because I recently read an article that said the skin in a red delicious apple has more vitamins in it than any other apple variety. It filled me up at the time, but at about 3:00 pm, I got really, really hungry....
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SNAP Challenge – Day 2: Craving Eggs

Editor’s Note: Deb Heinrich, Gov. Dannel Malloy’s liaison to the state’s nonprofit community, agreed to take the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge this month and live on $4 a day for food for a week. We are posting her experience in this blog over the next few days. Day 2: It is hard to concentrate when you are hungry. I woke up craving eggs this morning. I had oatmeal with brown sugar. One serving today. For lunch, I wrapped leftover black beans and rice in two soft taco shells with salsa and packed it away to bring with me to work. It traveled better than I thought it would. My colleagues went out to lunch together today. I did not. For dinner, I made lentil soup with onion, celery, carrot and the diced tomatoes. I missed putting potatoes and zucchini in it. I put in extra salt in place of the pepper,...
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