Quota International of New Haven received the 2013 Excellence in Food Banking Award in Volunteer Service at the annual Feeding America Network Executive Directors’ meeting in Nashville this month for its ongoing commitment to Connecticut Food Bank. The group was named the top volunteer organization among those who work with the more than 200 food banks in the national Feeding America network.
Since its members began volunteering with Connecticut Food Bank in 2006, they have logged more than 2,000 hours of service. It all began when Quota members were seeking volunteer opportunities that would match one of the club’s international service missions – to help disadvantaged women and children – with the food bank’s work to alleviate hunger. As a result, the club was instrumental in the start up of Connecticut Food Bank’s Kids’ BackPack Program.
Quota Club members continue to volunteer three days each month to pack nutritious food for the Mobile Pantry Program, directly benefiting at least 800 families a month who receive bags of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“The volunteers from Quota International of New Haven are truly inspirational,” said Bob Aiken, President and CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger relief charity. “Their commitment to Connecticut Food Bank is essential in helping to fight hunger in their community. Our food banks couldn’t do what they do without the help and efforts of our volunteers.”
“It’s fitting to recognize the wonderful Quota Club volunteers during National Volunteer Week,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO. “Their dedication to the problem of hunger in Connecticut is appreciated not only by the food bank, but also by the men, women and children who are struggling with hunger in Connecticut.”