On Sunday, September 22, Connecticut Food Bank honored its Hunger Action Heroes at an awards ceremony attended by more than 125 at our East Haven warehouse. The heroes are individuals, businesses and organizations that go above and beyond to support Connecticut Food Bank in its mission to provide nutritious food to people in need. The ceremony is held annually in September, designated as Hunger Action Month.
The City of Waterbury was presented with The Bill Liddell Award – the highest tribute paid by Connecticut Food Bank to an individual, organization or corporation – in recognition of exemplary service, ongoing dedication and significant support of the Food Bank and its mission. The award was named after Bill Liddell who supported the Food Bank by donating a total of 104 tons of fresh produce, as well as time and funds. He spent six years on Connecticut Food Bank’s Board of Directors.
“You are the individuals and organizations who make it possible for us to feed the men, women and children – or more than 300,000 people – who struggle with hunger,” Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington told the honorees. “It is our pleasure to pay tribute to you and your efforts.”
Other 2013 Connecticut Food Bank Hunger Action Heroes are:
• Keith Fontaine, Founder of the New London Food Policy Council and Chair of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, Advocacy Hero
• Skip Hine Photography: Business Hero
• Quota International of New Haven: Civic Hero
• Connecticut Distributors: Corporate Hero
• Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Lockwood Farm: Farm Hero
• Christopher Donnells: Fundraising Hero
• Watson, Inc., West Haven: Food Industry Hero
• NBC Connecticut: Media Hero
• Covenant Soup Kitchen, Willimantic: Member Program Hero
• Sonya Stanczyk and Matthew Baldino, Newtown High School: Student Heroes
• Pat Rosenthal: Volunteer Hero
• Highville Charter School, Hamden: School Hero
• Walmart: Retail Donor Hero
In addition, the top individual and team fundraisers who participated in the 2013 Walk Against Hunger, held in New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury were honored. Those events raised more than $260,000 to support hunger-relief efforts in Connecticut. Congratulations to all!