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Nancy L. Carrington announces retirement at end of 2014

As you may already know, I have decided to retire as President & CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank as of December 31, 2014.   When I joined Connecticut Food Bank in 1984, a few hundred thousand pounds of food were being distributed to 70 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters annually. With your help, Connecticut Food Bank has grown to distribute 20 million pounds of food each year to nearly 700 food-assistance programs throughout Connecticut. This would not have been possible without the support of so many anti-hunger advocates like you, and for that I am grateful. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me to make.  Food banking has been my passion for 30 years, but it is now time for me to look to the future. I will remain a life-long advocate for the hungry, but I also look forward to exploring the many other...
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Connecticut Food Bank Opposes Cuts to Hunger Relief in House Farm Bill

Connecticut Food Bank is outraged by the House Agriculture Committee’s vote to slash spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $21 billion.  “These cuts to SNAP will take food from the refrigerators and kitchen tables of vulnerable low-income families struggling to get back on their feet in the wake of the recession, said Nancy L. Carrington, President & CEO, Connecticut Food Bank. “On behalf of Connecticut Food Bank and our network of food assistance agencies, I urge our Connecticut congressional delegation to oppose cuts to SNAP in the House Farm Bill and to work to restore the cuts on the House floor.” Under the proposed cuts, two million people nationally will lose benefits entirely, 210,000 children will lose access to free school meals and another 850,000 households will see their benefits cut by an average of $90 per month. More than 400,000 people in Connecticut...
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American voters show strong support of SNAP

New polling data released this week by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), show that registered voters oppose cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) as a way to reduce government spending. Among the findings:   Seven in 10 voters say that cutting food stamp funding is the wrong way to reduce government spending and nearly three in four (73 percent) voters believe the food stamp program is very or fairly important for the country. When voters learn that Congress is considering cutting billions of dollars from the food stamp program to reduce government spending, 70 percent say this is the wrong way to reduce spending—more than half (51 percent) feel strongly about this—while just 30 percent favor the cuts. Women oppose cuts by 73 percent. Voters in rural communities and small towns reject cuts decisively, by 68 percent to 32 percent.  Support...
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Free Showing of A Place at the Table in New Haven

Connecticut Food Bank and the United Way of Greater New Haven are partnering to show A Place at the Table, a documentary that takes a look at the rising crisis of food insecurity in America through the eyes of three people who are struggling with hunger:     A single mother who grew up in poverty trying to provide a better life for her two kids,     A Colorado fifth-grader who often depends on friends and neighbors for food, and      A Mississippi second-grader whose health issues are exacerbated by the empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. The free screening is Monday, May 13, 5:30 p.m., at Criterion Cinemas, 86 Temple Street, New Haven. After the film, a lively panel discussion moderated by Jack Healy, President  & CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven, will follow to talk about the economic, social and cultural implications of hunger and what...
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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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Ocean State Job Lot makes record-breaking food donation

If you’re an Ocean State Job Lot shopper who donates to food banks at the checkout line, you are part of one for the record books.  Today Connecticut Food Bank’s East Haven warehouse received 40,000 pounds of food from Ocean State Job Lot – the first of several full tractor trailer loads it will receive as part of the stores’ Three Square Meals program, which is the largest single food donation of its kind by a private company in New England. How was this done?  Job Lot customers are invited to donate $1 at the register through December 31, to help buy food for food banks to distribute in their local community.  Job Lot then matches the first $100,000 of shopper donations and purchases food from its manufacturers and other sources valued at up to three times Job Lot’s purchase price, and then donates the food to food banks.  This...
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Deficit reduction is about people, not numbers

By Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO The following opinion editorial appeared in the December 26, 2012, edition of the New Haven Register.   As our nation’s leaders work to find a balanced agreement on deficit reduction, it is important to remember that this conversation is about more than just numbers. It’s about people.  When talking about trillions of dollars, it is easy to lose perspective and think of these decisions as just numbers on a balance sheet. But the decisions that are being made right now will have a lasting impact on real people right here in Connecticut – your neighbors, your colleagues, people who are part of the fabric of our community.  To understand that point, you need only make a visit to your local food bank, church pantry, soup kitchen, or other agencies in our community helping to put food on the table for struggling Connecticut...
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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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Fifteen Percent of Connecticut Households Can’t Afford the Food They Need

Fifteen percent of Connecticut residents surveyed in the first half of 2012 said that in the prior 12 months there were times when they did not have enough money to buy the food they needed for themselves or their family.  The survey results, up slightly over the previous six months, are according to the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC’s) series of analyses of survey data on food hardship collected by Gallup as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The survey looks at the most recent available food hardship rates by state for the first half of 2012. It is part of a year-round survey that began in January 2008.  One thousand individuals per day are asked, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” “These  results only confirm what our network of...
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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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