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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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Hunger Study 2014: A look inside the food assistance network

We are participating in a national study with other Feeding America food banks around the country called Hunger in America 2014, The purpose is to help us gain a better understanding about the types of programs, services and resources our programs provide.  We are currently in the client survey phase of the study which will give us greater insight into the needs and opinions about the services clients receive. The following guest blog entry is by one of the client survey leaders, Patty, who works with volunteers to gather this important data onsite at some of our member food-assistance programs.    Women’s Mentoring Network – May 23, 2013 I knew when I signed up for this food pantry, it was going to be a challenge to deal with the traffic on I-95, and so it was. I did leave very early, around 6:30 AM, so that I could be there on time...
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Our visit with Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown

“Get back to work!”  Kathleen Kelly, director of Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown teases a volunteer during Amazing Grace’s food distribution, which occurs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  The pantry is affiliated with St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown and feeds about 970 households each month.  Shoppers choose food free of charge, and family size determines the quantity of food allocated on each visit.   Kelly said Amazing Grace Food Pantry never turns away people in need and explains they provide for clients through a team of motivated volunteers, donations from the community, and a partnership with Connecticut Food Bank.  Through Connecticut Food Bank’s “Perishable Items Program” at retailers, Amazing Graze Food Pantry receives about 500 pounds of frozen meat and other products each month from Middletown and East Hampton Stop & Shop Supermarkets. Amazing Grace truly is a community pantry.  In addition to clients, volunteers come to the...
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Thank you for successful “Thanksgiving for All” campaign

Connecticut Food Bank and the people we serve are so grateful for the overwhelming support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our 2012 “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success.  Our pantries and soup kitchens who are in communities that were the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy just a little over three weeks ago, had an increased demand from families who lost so much.  Not only did people spring into action to help restock food supplies immediately after the storm, but the support poured in the days and weeks that followed. Together, we collected 25,138 turkeys and more than 240,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 490,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we acknowledge that Thanksgiving is just one...
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Food and funds collected for New Haven Restaurant Week

Area residents can help make a difference in the lives of those affected by hunger by patronizing some of the city’s most sought-after restaurants during New Haven Restaurant Week, November 11 – 16.  For the second year, Citizens Bank and Market New Haven have partnered to bring attention to the problem of hunger.  Diners at the 33 participating restaurants are being encouraged to add a one dollar donation when paying their meal tab, which enables Connecticut Food Bank to feed one person for one day.   In addition to funds, people can donate non-perishable food items.  The city of New Haven is collecting non-perishables until November 30 at City Hall, The New Haven Free Public Library and the new Gateway Community College.   Project Storefront artists will then create an art installation out of the donated products and display them at 756 Chapel Street. To see a list of participating restaurants,...
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Want to volunteer? Here’s how you can help

We have two immediate ongoing volunteer opportunities at our East Haven office at 150 Bradley Street.  If you are interested in any of the following volunteer positions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Damien at 203-469-5000, ext. 311, or email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org.  Warehouse help needed Connecticut Food Bank needs one volunteer each day, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon; and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our East Haven warehouse to assist with sorting food donations. This is an ongoing opportunity and not a one visit situation. The days can be covered by the same volunteer each day or by a different volunteer each day.   BackPack delivery assistant A BackPack delivery assistant is needed each Thursday morning during the school year.  The volunteer will ride with a staff member to participating schools and help unload the boxes and carry them inside. The right volunteer will be able to lift and carry 35-40...
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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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“Connecticut Food News” wins Best in Show at 2012 PRSA Mercury Awards

Connecticut Food Bank won Best in Show in the tactical category at the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) 2012 Mercury Awards for its Connecticut Food News newsletter.   Our 2010/2011 Annual Report also received a Gold Award in the Annual Report, Not for Profit Category. The Mercury Awards are hosted by the Connecticut Valley, Westchester/Fairfield and Southern Connecticut Chapters of the Public Relations Society of America. To instill a feeling of hope in the fight against hunger, we produced a colorful newsletter and annual report for the first time.  Both publications highlight colorful fruits and vegetables, blue skies, mobile pantry distributions and a local farm that is also a donor.     “Each issue of the newsletter includes stories about real people who are affected by hunger,” said Janet Kniffin,  Chief Development Officer.  “It helps readers gain a better understanding of the circumstances and challenges faced by families who are served by Connecticut Food...
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East Rock Monument Glows Orange Tonight for Hunger Awareness

East Rock Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument in New Haven is glowing orange this week to help spread light on the more than 490,000 people in Connecticut, including more than 150,000 children, who struggle with hunger.  It’s all due to September being Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our local communities.   “The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is one of the most recognizable structures on the New Haven skyline,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president & CEO.  “By lighting up orange this week, our hope is to engage people to take action and help spread the word about how pervasive hunger is, right here in Connecticut.” The monument lighting could not have been possible without the support of the City of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees, the sponsorship of New Haven’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and lighting equipment...
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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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