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17 Million Meals are Now Lost in Connecticut

More than 420,000 Connecticut residents – or 12 percent of the state’s population – now have less money to feed their families. They are part of the 47 million Americans who are seeing their SNAP (food stamp) benefits cut on November 1, due to the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that passed four years ago. In Connecticut, that means 1.4 million meals lost each month, or 17 million meals missing from the dinner plates of low-income families each year. Wihin those families are 149,000 children, as well as 102,000 elderly and disabled residents. The cut means that a family of four will lose $36 a month from their maximum monthly benefit. While this may not seem like a lot, $36 provides much more than you think. It means several days’ worth of meals for a struggling family and is the equivalent of: One gallon of low-fat milk; a box...
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2014 Map the Meal Gap

Connecticut Food Bank and Feeding America have released the 2014 “Map the Meal Gap” study which offers a detailed look at food budget required to meet the needs of families struggling with hunger here in Connecticut. Learn More

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Increasing number of Connecticut residents at risk of hunger

2013’s “Map the Meal Gap” study released today by Feeding America, shows 14.5 percent, or 520,350 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure, and it would take more than $239 million to meet the needs of Connecticut’s food insecure population, or $15.16 per week for each food insecure person.  Those figures are an increase over last year’s data which showed a 13.8 percent food insecurity rate, with a $231 million budget shortfall in Connecticut.   Middlesex County has among the highest food costs in Connecticut ($3.26 per meal) , with New Haven County having the highest (14.4%) food insecurity rate in the state.  In Connecticut Food Bank’s service area, 48 percent of the food insecure population does not qualify for food stamps or other federal food assistance program.  In Connecticut, the overall number is 57 percent, up 5 percent over last year’s data.    Child Food Insecurity rate on rise In Connecticut Food...
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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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