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Category Archives: Nancy Carrington

Waterbury Area Business and Organizations Collect Food for Local Pantries

The shelves of Waterbury area food pantries will be replenished thanks to the generosity of 37 businesses and organizations that participated in the annual United Way Day of Action: Stock the Pantry food drive.  The United Way of Greater Waterbury and The Greater Waterbury Emergency Food Resource Council made the announcement today at Connecticut Food Bank’s Waterbury warehouse.  During the months of May and June, local companies and organizations held food drives at their workplace to collect high protein foods and items for easy to prepare meals for those who struggle with hunger in the Greater Waterbury area.  “Local food banks are facing shortages and are in need of donations throughout the summer months when children – many of whom regularly received free or reduced lunch during the school year – are on summer break,” said Kristen Jacoby, president of the United Way of Greater Waterbury.  “The United Way’s Day...
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Governor Malloy Tours Connecticut Food Bank

Governor Dannel P. Malloy toured Connecticut Food Bank’s East Haven warehouse today to see first-hand the challenges the organization has in meeting the needs of Connecticut families who struggle with hunger.  Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington welcomed the Governor and led the tour of the facility, providing Malloy a glimpse into the day-to-day operation of the food bank. Connecticut Food Bank was founded in 1982 and has been serving the state for 30 years.  It is the largest source of emergency food in Connecticut and now distributes 33 tons of groceries, the equivalent of 55,000 meals, every single business day.  Last year, the Food Bank served approximately 300,000 individuals, including more than 100,000 children. The organization also has warehouses in Fairfield and Waterbury, and affiliate distribution centers in Stamford and New London. During Governor Malloy’s visit, he met volunteers, including a group of students from Eli...
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Study shows nearly 19 percent of Connecticut’s children at risk of hunger

Connecticut Food Bank and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Feeding America, are releasing a study today that reveals the number of Connecticut children who are struggling with hunger.  The Child Food Insecurity 2012 Study shows Connecticut’s overall child food insecurity rate is 18.8 percent, or 151,530 children state wide.  This number is unchanged from last year’s overall rate of 18.9 percent.  Food insecurity is a phrase used by the USDA to describe lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life. In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, which includes Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham Counties, the child food insecurity rate is 16.9 percent, or 99,610 children.  According to the study, 48 percent of the food insecure children in Connecticut Food Bank’s service area do not receive federal food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps), free or reduced price school...
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Deficit reduction must reflect American values

The following opinion editorial by Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington, was published in the Waterbury Republican-American on Sunday, June 3, 2012 Deficit reduction is an important national priority, vital to our long-term economic opportunity and security. But just because it’s important doesn’t mean that it can be undertaken without regard to our national values. Taking care of our neighbors is an American value, and feeding our neighbors is a shared responsibility.  Unfortunately, a shocking proposal by House Republicans to cut food assistance for our nation’s hungry by over $33 billion goes against our core values as a nation.  The cuts are proposed in the name of deficit reduction, but does not excuse the fact that cuts to anti-hunger programs at a time when need has never been greater are both reckless and short-sighted.  We are grateful that this value is reflected in Washington through important anti-hunger...
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Help us get “More Milk” for hungry children this summer

Summer is a time of high anxiety for low-income families who must provide 200 extra meals for each child when school is not in session.  To help make a difference in the lives of these children, The Farmer’s Cow is donating a half gallon of milk to Connecticut Food Bank – up to 5,000 gallons during the months of July and August – for every four electronic greeting cards that are emailed to help spread the word about the problem of summer hunger.  Contrary to what many people believe, the highest demand for food assistance to hungry families is during the summer.  “The number of children who have little or no food during the summer months is alarming,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president & CEO.   “Nearly one out of every five children in Connecticut is at risk of hunger, which is more than 109,000 children in Connecticut...
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Hon. Rosa L. DeLauro’s prepared remarks for Ryan Budget and Hunger News Conference

Connecticut Food Bank is a nonprofit organization which does not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Connecticut Food Bank does not donate to political candidates, political campaign organizations, political parties, political action committees (PACS) and “Section 527 Organizations.” Connecticut Food Bank does support policies that help solve America’s growing hunger crisis, while raising public awareness about the issues of hunger in our country.  The views expressed here are those of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and do not necessarily reflect those of Connecticut Food Bank. Good afternoon. And thank you all for coming. Let me first thank Nancy Carrington, the President and CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank, and Lucy Nolan, the Executive Director of End Hunger Connecticut, for joining me today. Both Nancy and Lucy have dedicated their careers to seeing that every man, woman, and child in...
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Nancy Carrington’s comments at Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s news conference today on food security

Connecticut Food Bank is the largest source of emergency food in Connecticut, serving a network of 600 member programs.  We are a partnership to end hunger.  We also partner with the food industry, with corporate and foundation donors, with small businesses, civic and faith based organizations, and with thousands of compassionate people who care about their neighbors.  And we partner with the government.  We can’t and don’t fight hunger alone. Our network of soup kitchens and food pantries has seen an average thirty percent increase in demand for their services for the last two and a half years – with some local programs reporting an increase of 100% or more.   Many are seeing people who are seeking help for the first time.  Financially challenged households are struggling as the cost of food, gas and utilities continue to rise.  They can’t do it anymore by themselves.     Food insecurity exists in...
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Nancy Carrington’s Testimony Today to State Appropriations Committee

February 17, 2012 Good evening, Senator Harp, Representative Walker and members of the Appropriations Committee.  My name is Nancy Carrington and I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank. Connecticut Food Bank is the largest source of emergency food in the state of Connecticut.  Now in our 30th year of operation, we distribute food and grocery items through a network of 600 local, grassroots programs in six of Connecticut’s eight counties:  Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New London, New Haven and Windham.  Last year we distributed almost 17 million pounds of food, an average of 33 tons of product every business day.  Yet we haven’t alleviated hunger. Our job has become more challenging over the last few years.  The economy has impacted hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents.  The USDA now estimates that more than 400,000 of our neighbors, who are your constituents, are food insecure.  One in...
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Dunkin’ Donuts employees host “Pack-a-Thon” for Kids’ BackPack Program

Our Kids’ BackPack Program recently received a major boost from 300 Dunkin’ Donuts corporate employees. For the second consecutive year the “BackPack Pack-a-Thon” event at the Mohegan Sun Arena was held to determine which Dunkin’ Donuts employee team could fill the most bags with nutritious food in an hour.  In the weeks and days leading up to the event, teams with names like “Brew Crew,” “Top Javas” and “Raise the Dough,” practiced and strategized on how they could outperform the others and win the coveted “Golden BackPack” award from Connecticut Food Bank. In the end, more than 7,500 bags were filled with healthy food for more than 2,000 Connecticut children who receive the food on weekends when they don’t have access to school meals.    In addition, The Dunkin Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation presented Connecticut Food Bank with a $6,000 donation to support the Kids’ BackPack Program. “Connecticut Food Bank...
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Thanks for Your Support

Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express the appreciation felt by Connecticut Food Bank for the great outpouring of support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success. The people of Connecticut have always been generous—and they proved that again this year. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and October’s snow storm, people were generous. Because of that early generosity, we were concerned that donations during the Thanksgiving season would drop. But we put out the call for the need for food and the community responded overwhelmingly. Together, we collected 25,052 turkeys and more than 392,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 600,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we have to remember Thanksgiving...
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