Connecticut Food Bank History

Mark Patton, a volunteer at Community Soup Kitchen in New Haven, started Connecticut Food Bank in 1982 with a desk and chair provided by Christian Community Action. In July 1982, Connecticut Food Bank began distributing food to 70 agencies throughout Connecticut from a 2,000 square-foot warehouse in New Haven at the corner of Ferry and Water Streets. By the end of that year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food.

Just two years later, Connecticut Food Bank became a certified affiliate of Feeding America (then called America’s Second Harvest) and Nancy L. Carrington, our former President & CEO, joined Connecticut Food Bank as a food solicitor.  By 1989, she was named Executive Director and oversaw the Food Bank’s move into its current home on Bradley Street in East Haven.  Nancy was named President & CEO in 2010, and retired on December 31, 2014. Rob Levine joined Connecticut Food Bank on January 1, 2015, as our new President & CEO.

Today, Connecticut Food Bank operates two branch warehouses in Waterbury and Fairfield, and has an affiliated distribution center in New London.  We serve nearly 700 food-assistance programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties and distribute an average of 40 tons of food every business day.