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More than 500 take part in Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger

Connecticut Food Bank’s 35th Annual Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger on May 1 presented by Webster Bank exceeded expectations, with a record number of walkers coming out to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut. Thank you to all the walkers, member programs and volunteers who made the event one of the most successful ever! We know many enjoyed the walk, music, food and lawn games on a spectacular Sunday afternoon in May! Congratulations to the Greater New Haven Spirit Award winners: Best Team Name: UNH Strawberry Striders Best Team Costume: Fabulous Females for Food Best Team Spirit: Master’s Manna of Wallingford And special thanks to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Miss Connecticut Junior Preteen Mikayla Raffone and John Voket from 99.1 WPLR for helping to rally the crowd before they hit the pavement. Check out Walk photos donated by Stefanie Kapra of Photography and More on Connecticut Food Bank’s Facebook...
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Quota International of New Haven Partners with Connecticut Food Bank

In 2006, the Quota Club of New Haven wanted to add additional projects to its community outreach program. Then club President, Patricia Jakupkovic, recalled that while teaching in the New Haven school system, she would see children sneaking an extra cereal to take home in their backpack. As a result of this line of thinking, the Quota Club contacted Connecticut Food Bank to determine how it could help hungry students and a long and solid partnership was formed. At the time, Connecticut Food Bank ran a small scale food distribution program to local schools and was considering linking up with the national Feeding America Kids’ BackPack program. This program involves packing and distributing bags of kid-friendly, single-serving, nutritious foods to selected school systems. On Friday afternoons, school staff distributes the food to children identified by school personnel as being at risk of hunger over the weekend. The Quota Club of...
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Dunkin’ Donuts Employees Rise to the Challenge for Kids’ BackPack Program

The Mohegan Sun Arena is known for WNBA games and rock concerts. But on Thursday morning, the floor of the arena was taken over by corporate employees of Dunkin’ Donuts and Connecticut Food Bank for two hours of competitive community service and chaos. At the invitation of Dunkin’ Donuts, the food bank brought in two truckloads of Kids’ BackPack supplies in the wee hours of the morning. By 10 a.m., the Dunkin’ Donuts employees arrived to hear a challenge: a similar group in New Orleans had packed 6,000 packets of food for its local Kids’ BackPack program and we wanted to beat that record. After a Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin Robbins Community Foundation check presentation of $5,700 to help defray the costs of the Kids’ BackPack program, the employees were divided into five teams. To promote that competitive spirit, the team that packed the most bags was going to get a...
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Junior League’s “Super” Saturday Food Drive Scores Big

The day before the Super Bowl, while many were gearing up for the “Big Game,” the Junior League of Greater New Haven was aiming to make a big impact for the Connecticut Food Bank. About 15 League members participated in the Super Saturday food drive Feb. 5 at the Stop & Shop supermarket in New Haven’s Westville neighborhood for much of the day. Several members’ friends and significant others also pitched in for the good cause. Members collected numerous food donations on one of the busiest days of the year for grocery shopping, as well as many cash donations. While final tallies are not yet available, League President Kimberly Pedrick said it was an extremely busy day at the supermarket – with the entire store’s shopping carts in use most of the time! And the event was a great experience for League members and shoppers/donors alike. The Junior League has...
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Junior League of Greater New Haven Helps Connecticut Food Bank’s Fight to Alleviate Hunger

The Junior League of Greater New Haven, a group of area women of all ages and backgrounds committed to improving the community, has partnered with the Connecticut Food Bank for more than five years and found it among our most rewarding relationships. The food bank’s mission to alleviate hunger coincides well with the League’s mission, which is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. By supporting the important mission of Connecticut Food Bank, we as League members get the opportunity to help strengthen the community in which we live. We began working with Connecticut Food Bank as what we call a “Done in a Day” project in 2005, and two years later in 2007 developed a committee devoted solely to the partnership. The first activity we took part in was the Caravan of Carriages, when we...
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Our Thanks

This past Thanksgiving Day, many of us sat around the dinner table surrounded by friends and families expressing our gratitude over heaping plates of food. Thousands of men, women and children who are struggling to survive in today’s economy were also able to share in the spirit of the holiday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors. Scores of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies came forward in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving to help make Connecticut Food Bank’s “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success. Together, we collected 24,516 turkeys and more than 360 tons of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 779,503 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. The kindness demonstrated throughout our Thanksgiving campaign was not only awe-inspiring, but also a testament to what we can do when we work together as a community. As...
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Giving Thanks

We recently sat down to talk to with Bill Lee, the recipient of our Hunger Action Hero Business Award, which was given in September. Bill owns Thermo King of Southern Connecticut. He has also been a partner with Connecticut Food Bank for the past 12 years, volunteering his time and equipment and making donations. As he does every year, Bill provided on-site refrigerated trucks for our large Thanksgiving for All food drives last week. These large-scale turkey collections in our communities would not be possible without his support. A true inspiration, Bill continues to make a difference in the community by hosting food drives. Below is our interview with the Thermo King himself. CFB: Congratulations on your recent Hunger Action Hero Business Award. What does this award mean to you personally? Bill: Well, I donate to a lot of different organizations and it felt really good to receive an award...
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A Path from Unemployment to Serving People in Need

This time last year, Sonia Rivera was unemployed. She lost her job in April 2009 after she was laid off as part of a national company’s efforts to cut costs and downsize. It was the first time since college that Sonia didn’t have a job. For 16 years, Sonia was a traffic manager, managing more than a dozen employees and a fleet of eight to nine trucks a day that served the tri-state area. It was a job she loved and enjoyed doing. But like many hundreds of thousands of workers, the poor economy forced Sonia’s company to cut jobs, driving about 30 workers to the unemployment lines. Sonia took some time off for herself, but quickly started to look for a job in earnest. She said she was fortunate because her family, including then 10-year-old daughter Vanessa, had her husband’s income and her unemployment benefits to help them through...
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The GFWC/CT State Project for 2010-2012 is Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare

As State Project Chairman for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut for 2010 to 2012, I am proud to be working with such a terrific group of people on a very important mission. Our mission, like yours, is to stamp out hunger in Connecticut. “I was very impressed. They are an energetic and enthusiastic and dedicated group of women. I can see that they will be effective because they are efficient, really taking the cause very seriously,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Food Bank, who addressed GFWC recently this month to discuss the state project. The GFWC is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s volunteer service organizations. It was founded in 1890 and chartered by the 56th United States Congress in 1901. Over 10,000 members nationwide work in their own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance education,...
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Connecticut Food Bank by the Numbers: Volunteer Hours

In 2009-2010, 1,751 men, women and children logged 13,180 hours of volunteer service for Connecticut Food Bank. We’ve seen the number of our volunteers grow by 16 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. Our volunteers sorted food, worked events, helped in the office, picked apples and helped spread the word about hunger. Volunteers serve valuable roles at Connecticut Food Bank. They enable us to do more with less, to reach more people and to better serve people in need. Based on data from the Independent Sector, we have calculated that our volunteers saved us $359,000 in operational costs from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. That allowed us to invest more of our resources into our mission of alleviating hunger in our communities. Thank you to everyone who volunteers for Connecticut Food Bank. Posted by Gladys Alcedo, Communications Coordinator of Connecticut Food Bank

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