WALLINGFORD, CONN., November 2, 2018 – The Connecticut Food Bank recognized donors from the business, education, and private sectors recently, presenting awards in six categories to donors demonstrating long-time commitment and high levels of engagement. The awards were presented at a reception held at the food bank on October 18.
The Distinguished Philanthropic Award in Schools was presented for the second year in a row to the Hopkins School, in New Haven. Students from Hopkins have raised more than $457,000 for the Connecticut Food Bank since 1998. Students host special events, and volunteer at Connecticut Food Bank food and fund drives. Hopkins students volunteer regularly at the food bank, sorting food for distribution. And in the last year, 80 Hopkins students have participated in Hunger 101 experiential learning programs. “Hopkins students embody the spirit of philanthropy,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau in presenting the award to Hopkins. “I am sure these students will continue the giving spirit they have cultivated here as they move through life, making great contributions to a better world.”
The Commitment and Service Award was presented to KeyBank and to James Trimble, a New Haven resident and volunteer of long standing with the Connecticut Food
Bank. Trimble is employed at KeyBank and has recently partnered with the bank to expand his personal “Super-Size-Me” Food Drive to a KeyBank project. Since beginning his food drive in the wake of Super Storm Sandy in 2012, Trimble has raised more than 3,600 pounds of food and more than $11,400 to support the Connecticut Food Bank. Trimble volunteers with the food bank at every opportunity, helping to sort food and joining other volunteers at special events throughout the year, Beaudreau said. “To say that James has boundless energy would be an understatement.”
Beaudreau noted that last year KeyBank, where Trimble works, became a sponsor of the food drive, expanding it to nine bank branches. “This year, KeyBank plans to expand the drive to 25 KeyBank branches across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.” Beaudreau noted that last year marked the first of a multi-year grant commitment from KeyBank to support Connecticut Food Bank programs and food distribution. In recognition of that partnership, KeyBank sponsors a refrigerated truck bearing the KeyBank logo, which makes deliveries to the Connecticut Food Bank network across six counties of the state.
Paul and Sandra Linton of Madison received the Harvest Club Award, recognizing their long-standing sustaining gifts to the Connecticut Food Bank. Donors for more than 30 years and monthly givers for 27 of those years, the Lintons have given an “astonishing 295 gifts to the food bank,” Beaudreau said. He noted they have also supported the annual Walk Against Hunger. “You’re an inspiration to us and to other donors because of your tremendous commitment to helping neighbors in need,” Beaudreau said as he presented the award.
The Corporate Impact Award was presented to Stop & Shop for its “significant and ongoing support of the Connecticut Food Bank through food
drives, corporate food donations, store-based charitable giving campaigns, and their founding support of the GROW! Up With Good Nutrition program,” Beaudreau said, noting that Stop & Shop has donated “millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food” and that
employees have volunteered at food bank activities and participated in special events such as the Golden Scoop Corporate Championship.
The Media Impact Award was presented to KC101 FM. “KC101 has been a cornerstone of our Thanksgiving food drives through their ‘Stuff A Bus’ food drive. This year’s drive will be the 28th year they have raised food and funds for the Connecticut Food Bank,” Beaudreau said. “They have raised awareness of hunger in Connecticut and have raised tens of thousands of meals worth of food and funds through the ‘Stuff A Bus’ drive,” Beaudreau said.
The Nancy Carrington Award recognizing personal commitment to the Connecticut Food Bank was presented to Norman and Celeste LaCroix, of Westport. Norman LaCroix has been a Connecticut Food Bank Board member for six years and will end his term in November. “Norm has been a dedicated, active member of the Board, taking a leadership role in finances, personnel, and many other vital functions,” Beaudreau said. “Norm and Celeste have been generous donors to the food bank, including
significant support of the construction of our Wallingford distribution center.” Beaudreau also cited the LaCroix’s consistently enthusiastic support of Connecticut Food Bank events, including the annual Walk Against Hunger.
The Connecticut Food Bank donor reception was sponsored by Power Station Events, David Alan Catering, and Fast Signs.
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 through a network of nearly 700 community-based programs, the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to provide more than 20.3 million meals. The Connecticut Food Bank provides food in six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties – where nearly 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.