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March is National Nutrition Month: Eating right for a healthy life

Connecticut Food Bank is recognizing National Nutrition Month this March in honor of the more than 520,000 people in Connecticut that lack access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life.  This year’s campaign theme is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. Food insecurity in itself has serious health consequences for children as well as adults. Children from families that struggle with food insecurity are more likely to experience poor physical health and hospitalization, developmental delays, and often struggle in school. Many of the risks of hunger are the same as those of becoming obese including limited resources; lack of access to healthful, affordable foods; cycles of deprivation and overeating; and high levels of stress. While the public health crises of obesity and diet-related diseases affect all segments of the population, they disproportionately impact the communities we serve. By providing more healthful food, including an average of 5 million pounds of fresh produce annually,...
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Quota International of New Haven is 2013’s Civic Hero

Members of Quota International of New Haven began a simple volunteer effort in 2006 to pack bags of healthy food once a month at our East Haven warehouse for 287 children served by our Kids’ BackPack Program.  By 2010, members increased their visits to three times a month so 1,700 children could receive the bags of food on weekends when they don’t have access to school meals. Soon after, the program grew to serve more than 2,000 children and the packing was moved to our Fairfield warehouse. Over the years, Quota members contributed more than 1,300 hours of service and packed an estimated 64,000 bags of food for the Kids’ BackPack Program.  The group’s latest venture is sorting and bagging fresh food for our mobile pantry program. With their help, five separate communities are receiving fresh, healthy food each month for more than 800 households.  It’s no surprise that Quota...
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Working people in need of food assistance

Record numbers of employed people are hungry The subject line in Connecticut Food Bank’s email inbox was just two words, Need Help. It was from a working mother asking if she could attend the mobile pantry distribution in Middletown that week. “I am out of food for the week but still have some gas left.  We don’t have any fresh food, dairy or grains.  We don’t qualify for any assistance, have jobs but can’t make ends meet anymore. Please let me know.” It was signed, Humbled in East Lyme. This email could have been from anywhere in Connecticut as the number of employed people who are having trouble making ends meet continues to escalate. This is not a surprise to Connecticut Food Bank, as results from the 2013 Map the Meal Gap research released by Feeding America in June show 57 percent of Connecticut residents who are food insecure do not...
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Covenant Soup Kitchen & Pantry Visit

The blog entry below is from Patty, who is helping Connecticut Food Bank with the client survey portion of a national Feeding America study called Hunger in America 2014.  The purpose of the study is to help us gain a better understanding about the types of programs, services and resources our programs provide.  Patty is  overseeing volunteers that are gathering important data on site at some of our member food-assistance programs. Covenant Soup Kitchen & Pantry – May 28, 2013 It was a long drive to Covenant Soup Kitchen & Pantry on a record breaking 90 degree day. My GPS kept telling me to switch from one highway to another, and finally, turn onto a small street that led into the town of Willimantic. At first, I thought that the church with the crowd of people in the parking lot with shopping bags was the survey location, but I did not spot the bright neon yellow volunteer...
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“Perfect storm” conditions challenges food banks

We recently met Barbara, who is well into her 80s and relies on our Mobile Food Pantry distribution each month in Southbury. She’s never needed food-assistance until her retirement savings ran out.  She lives alone and is collecting Social Security, and finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with her expenses. “I’m not too proud to come here for food because I’m running behind on things,” she told us during her second month in a row visiting the Mobile Pantry.  “After I pay for utilities, medicine and my other monthly expenses, there’s not much left for food.”  While people like Barbara are facing the everyday challenge of paying for housing, utilities, healthcare or food, many food banks across the country are facing a challenge of their own. The supply of donated nonperishable food is shrinking.  The items being made available to soup kitchens and food pantries are changing to more...
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