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Category Archives: SNAP/Food Stamps

We need your help today, May 14

Please help us protect the most vulnerable Americans – the men, women and children who are struggling with hunger. The House Agriculture Committee, will mark up its Farm Bill on May 15.  We expect the House to cut SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) by approximately $20 billion – which equals 8 billion meals  This is an additional $4 billion in cuts compared to last year’s version. Cuts to SNAP could be devastating to our clients and our ability to meet the need in Connecticut. We cannot let this happen without a fight. If your representative is a member of the Agriculture Committee, they are in a position to stop these cuts from happening. To do that, they need to hear from you today, May 14, as it is an organized National Call in Day! Here is what you need to do: Call this toll-free hotline at 866-527-1087. Listen to the pre-recorded message and...
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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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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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One donor’s story: From food stamps to Greenwich

Connecticut Food Bank supporter Bethany Johnson lives with her husband Erik in affluent Old Greenwich. The lively 30-something donor teaches history at several New York State colleges, has run her own non-profit, and has always been passionate about food. Meeting her, you would never know that Bethany faced hunger on a daily basis. But growing up in the rust belt city of Syracuse, New York, Bethany, along with her parents and younger sister, suffered from food insecurity and lived on welfare until she was seven. It was these life experiences that inspired Bethany to donate to Connecticut Food Bank. Bethany’s upbringing belies the stereotype of food-insecure families: both of her parents worked full-time – “under-employed” would describe their plight.   “I grew up relatively poor,” Bethany said, “although I saw people who were worse-off than we were.”  This was the reason her mother gave for refusing the two sisters request...
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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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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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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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Congressman Joe Courtney Kicks Off Week-Long SNAP Challenge

We want to share this announcement we received from Congressman Joe Courtney’s office earlier this week. Congressman and Mrs. Courtney each to live on $32.59 food budget for a week to highlight possible cuts to low-income program Congressman Courtney and his wife Audrey today began the week-long SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge, a program of the New London County Food Policy Council, to highlight the challenges facing families that receive SNAP benefits in eastern Connecticut. “Each day, tens of thousands of families across the Second Congressional District are forced to live on an individual food budget of about $4. As Congress debates legislation that would cut this invaluable program, I believe it is important for members of Congress like me to understand firsthand the challenges my constituents face,” said Congressman Courtney. “In New London County there are 27,000 people receiving SNAP benefits. Participants of this challenge will come away...
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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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