WALLINGFORD, CONN., March 4, 2016 – The Connecticut Food Bank will join other local nonprofit organizations serving Fairfield County on Thursday, March 10, for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day. The charitable giving drive is aimed at building awareness of and support for the organizations that serve the people and communities of Fairfield County.
“The funds raised for the Connecticut Food Bank in this event will benefit hungry residents of Fairfield County,” said Connecticut Food Bank Interim CEO Paul O’Leary. We hope people will support our work and take time to learn more about the problem of hunger facing far too many people in Fairfield County communities.”
Through a special web page, https://fcgives.org/#npo/connecticut-food-bank–inc, supporters may donate and find links to the Food Bank’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed to learn more about the work of the organization. “We will share information and updates during the day,” O’Leary said. “We want people to get excited about our work and their support of the Connecticut Food Bank on Giving Day, which could help unlock additional funds from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation if we meet certain giving challenges.”
O’Leary said the Connecticut Food Bank distribution center in Fairfield, at 74 Linwood Avenue, will be open during the day for visitors to see first-hand some of the work that is involved in providing food to programs serving the hungry in Fairfield County. Connecticut Food Bank volunteers will be on-site between 10:00AM and noon sorting food for distribution to food assistance programs throughout Fairfield County. A team member will offer the Food Bank’s Hunger 101 interactive learning experience between 12:30PM and 1:00PM.
The Connecticut Food Bank provides a wide range of nutritious food to hungry people in Fairfield County through community-based programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency programs and adult and child day programs. The Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Pantry and GROW Up With Good Nutrition programs provide food directly to hungry residents in partnership with local human service organizations and programs serving young children.
O’Leary said financial donations like those that come from Fairfield County’s Giving Day are the most effective way to support the Connecticut Food Bank. “Each dollar donated can provide food for two meals,” O’Leary said. It helps us to secure, store and transport food and to react quickly to needs in the community. And we can use our size and relationships to get more value out of those dollars than if you were to buy food at your local market to donate to us.” O’Leary said. “Think of it this way; we can quadruple the value of a dollar you might spend at the grocery store when we are sourcing food for the programs we serve.”
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day is March 10. Donors can support their favorite charities with financial donations and unlock additional funds for their favorite nonprofits through their participation. More information is available at www.fcgives.org.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitably donated food. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide enough food last year to prepare more than 18.5 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to more than 300,000 people across six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.