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Category Archives: Hunger-relief Partners

Hunger Action Heroes Honored

Connecticut Food Bank recently honored Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony attended by nearly 200 at its East Haven warehouse, which also recognized Connecticut Food Bank’s 30th Anniversary serving the community.  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. Connecticut Food Bank’s Founder, Mark Patton, Executive Director at Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, was presented with the 30th Anniversary Hunger Action Hero Award by Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO. Patton founded Connecticut Food Bank at Christian Community Action (CCA) of New Haven, from a borrowed desk and telephone.  Christian Community Action 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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Donations directly helping people in need

We recently met Joe and Tom at The Community Soup Kitchen in downtown New Haven, who are among 150 to 250 people who receive daily hot meals prepared by staff and volunteers.  Joe said although he’s had some financial hardships, he was too prideful at first to eat at the soup kitchen.  He eventually put his pride aside and is now able to use the limited amount of state assistance he receives on things that the soup kitchen is not able to provide for him.  Tom was a bit more quiet about his personal situation, but told us that being able to have a guaranteed hot meal each day from Community Soup Kitchen is making a major difference in his life.  When we asked what they would say to the food industry members who donate product to Connecticut Food Bank on a regular basis, both men smiled broadly and said...
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Mobile Pantry Program, $100,000 Grant from Wal-Mart Employees Brings Fresh Produce and Other Food Items to Those in Need

Connecticut Food Bank has a new partner in its efforts to fight hunger in the state. Since September of this year, the state¹s largest food bank has operated a Mobile Pantry Program that brings nutritional items to food insecure families and households in six Connecticut counties. The Mobile Pantry Program gives Connecticut Food Bank the ability to distribute fresh food items including dairy products, fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grain goods and other perishable items directly to individuals in need. The healthy food choices are due in large part to a $100,000 grant from Wal-Mart employees submitted through the Wal-Mart Foundation¹s Associate Choice Program. “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation that will make a world of difference in the lives of people struggling with food insecurity in the communities we serve,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank. “Connecticut Food Bank is proud to be...
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Feeding America: Our National Partner in the Fight Against Hunger

Connecticut Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, a national network of food banks that works to feed people in need. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Its mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 37 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. The national network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, securing and distributing more than 2.5 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. Those member food banks support approximately 61,000 local charitable agencies and 70,000 programs, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need. We rely on Feeding America for advocacy,...
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SNAP/Food Stamps vs. Nutrition, Part 2

Remember the Oct. 13 blog entry, titled SNAP/Food Stamps vs. Nutrition, that was posted on this site? That blog entry talked briefly about the current debate of limiting recipients of food stamps (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) from using their federal benefits to buy soda and other sugary drinks. You should check out The Huffington Post to find out what Feeding America thinks about the issue. Feeding America is the national network of food banks that includes Connecticut Food Bank. In an Oct. 22 posting on the website, Feeding America President and CEO Vicki Escarra shared her perspective on the issue of SNAP/Food Stamps vs. Nutrition. “This argument against SNAP recipients using their benefits to purchase snack and other unhealthy foods is one I find disappointing. Food insecurity and participation in federal food assistance programs does not make a person ignorant about good nutrition and healthy...
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Kudos to AARP Connecticut

AARP Connecticut announced this week that it was joining forces with End Hunger Connecticut!, Foodshare, Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS), and the Hispanic Health Council in a campaign to raise awareness among older adults and increase enrollment in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The news was announced at an Oct. 27 press conference in Hartford. “While most families are busy planning for festive holiday meals in the coming weeks, thousands of older adults are faced with the challenge of simply putting food on the table,” said AARP State Director Brenda Kelley. “More than 350,000 Connecticut residents receive help with their grocery bill each month and thousands more may be eligible, but are not receiving assistance. AARP and the AARP Foundation are committed to helping older adults find the assistance they need to put healthy, nutritious food on the table.” According to the...
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Paper Plates To End Hunger

Master’s Manna Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen of Wallingford will be heading to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 to deliver Paper Plates to End Hunger to the White House. The delivery is part of the Empty Plates Empty Pockets Campaign that Master’s Manna has been conducting. Since August, Master’s Manna has been asking the community to write anti-hunger messages on paper plates that will be delivered to the President. If enough people can get together and write a message to the President regarding what people need to just keep food on the table maybe he would listen, said Cheryl Bedore, founder and director of Master’s Manna. Master’s Manna operates a food pantry, clothes closet, soup kitchen and resource center, including a computer lab and dental/medical clinic. In 2009, 1,636 families came through the doors of Master’s Manna seeking help. Master’s Manna is a member program of Connecticut Food Bank. In...
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Congratulations to Connecticut Association for Human Services for its Centennial Celebration

This year, Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) will celebrate 100 years of working to reduce poverty and create prosperity for all Connecticut children and families. CAHS is one of our organizational partners in the fight against hunger in Connecticut. Its mission is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future—a mission that we wholeheartedly support because it complements our mission to alleviate hunger. Consistent with its history of promoting policies and practices that move people from poverty, CAHS will mark its anniversary with a provocative forum, “Reclaiming the American Dream: Opportunity and Prosperity for All.” The forum will feature Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Yale Professor Jacob Hacker, author of “The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream.” The forum will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Bushnell...
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The GFWC/CT State Project for 2010-2012 is Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare

As State Project Chairman for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut for 2010 to 2012, I am proud to be working with such a terrific group of people on a very important mission. Our mission, like yours, is to stamp out hunger in Connecticut. “I was very impressed. They are an energetic and enthusiastic and dedicated group of women. I can see that they will be effective because they are efficient, really taking the cause very seriously,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank, who addressed GFWC recently this month to discuss the state project. The GFWC is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations. It was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901. Over 10,000 members nationwide work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education,...
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Program Spotlight: WHEAT Serving West Haven for 35 Years

WHEAT, the West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce, will mark its 35-year anniversary this year. Since 1975, WHEAT, a predominantly volunteer-run organization, has given out 864,000 meals, feeding more than 32,000 West Haven residents. WHEAT will hold its 35th anniversary fundraising dinner 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19at the Italian American Club, 85 Chase Lane, West Haven. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and free for children under 3. The event will feature a pasta dinner, cash bar and anniversary cake. WHEAT provides a variety of social services for people in need, including a food pantry, a sign-up center for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, and the Project MotherCare medical clinic operated by the Hospital of Saint Raphael. WHEAT also serves the Spanish-speaking community with the help of a Spanish interpreter. “We’re the central charity for the city of West Haven....
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