WALLINGFORD, CONN., June 26, 2019 — The Connecticut Food Bank today announced a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its programs serving school-age children, providing healthy and nutritious food for children and their families in convenient and familiar locations such as a school. The food bank is one of 35 food banks that received funding from Morgan Stanley as part of a $1.25 Million gift to Feeding America® member food banks to help develop, launch, expand, and sustain critical child nutrition programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this vital grant from Morgan Stanley in support of our efforts to help provide more nutritious food to children and families,” said Connecticut Food Bank Chief Development Officer Mary Kate Carofano. “Morgan Stanley is a terrific partner for our organization, and we are grateful for the support its employees have shown by donating their time and through generous contributions.”
To commemorate the grant award, employees from Morgan Stanley’s New Haven branch volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, 24 hours of continuous employee volunteer activities around the world dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger. Building on the impact of last year’s event, which helped provide nearly two million meals in one day, Morgan Stanley employees noticed the difference one day of service can have on an organization, a community and a child’s life.
“We are honored to help Connecticut Food Bank and join in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Branch Manager Michael Finneran. “With an engaged employee base and a culture of giving back, our employees are delighted to be part of the Global Volunteer Month kick off with Feeding Kids Around the Clock at the Connecticut Food Bank and extend our support to the children in our community.”
Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with Feeding America to support food bank programs that help end hunger in the United States. In that time, Morgan Stanley has supported 117 food banks in 41 states with grants for child nutrition programs, and more recently, produce programs. For more than 50 years, Morgan Stanley has been committed to helping children get a healthy start in life and having access to food is essential to this mission.
“More than 12 million children in America live at risk of hunger,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “In order to solve hunger, we need strong partners that are willing to make long-term investments in our strategies. We are grateful to Morgan Stanley for their crucial support these last ten years.”
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need. Last year, the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to provide more than 20.3 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community-based programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties, where more than 280,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.