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Category Archives: Summer Hunger

30,000 pounds of General Mills food donated by Ocean State Job Lot

Ocean State Job Lot continues to make a difference for low-income families who are struggling with hunger. This week 30,000 pounds of General Mills food items were delivered to Connecticut Food Bank including pasta, soup and mashed potatoes. It’s all part of Ocean State Job Lot’s Three Square Meals program, Each holiday season, Job Lot matches the dollars donated by customers at the register during the holiday season and uses the funds to purchase food for donation to area food banks. This year, a total of $4.2 million worth of shelf stable food will be delivered to food banks around New England and New York – the largest food donation by a private company in New England. The General Mills food donation comes to Connecticut Food Bank at a critical time. Children will soon begin summer vacation which means low-income families will not have access to free/reduced price school meals...
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Watson, Inc., our Food Industry Hero – gives its support all year long

Watson Inc., of West Haven was selected as this year’s Food Industry Hunger Action Hero, because it recognizes that hunger is year round problem. Not only did Watson donate 2,000 pounds of first-run buttermilk pancake mix to Connecticut Food Bank last summer – the company also gave employees information about the problem of summer hunger so they knew why a special run of the pancake mix was needed at that critical time of year. At the holidays, Watson hosted an employee food and fund drive and upon hearing of additional need, they scheduled another special production of pancake mix for Connecticut Food Bank. Watson’s involvement in alleviating hunger didn’t end there. The company purchased kid-friendly food items in the spring and organized an employee lunch box packing event with the food going to two Windham County programs, TEEG and Daily Bread. This summer, Watson doubled its commitment to alleviating hunger...
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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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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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