$1 helps Connecticut Food Bank provide 2 meals to 275,000 food insecure seniors, veterans, families, college students, children and individuals, enabling them to reduce hunger and support good health.
Connecticut Food Bank
Over 275,000 people across Connecticut Food Bank’s six county service area – including over 87,000 children - struggle with hunger each month (Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America, 2018). According to Feeding America’s 2018 Map the Meal Gap study, working families are especially at-risk- 42% of people in our service area who are food insecure are ineligible for federal food assistance, yet cannot make ends meet. Connecticut Food Bank and its network of member feeding programs serve populations that are at risk of hunger and, according to the USDA, are food insecure. The USDA uses the phrase food insecurity to describe a lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life. Food insecure populations include people unable to provide basic needs for their households because of economic and transportation barriers. The food we distribute serves low-income households whose income is not sufficient to feed their families, seniors on fixed incomes, individuals who struggle to obtain the nutrition they need and to provide more consistency in meals, every day.
According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organizations, low-income populations are especially susceptible to an array of negative health consequences due to poor nutrition and food insecurity. Factors such as limited resources, lack of access to fresh and healthy foods, high levels of stress, limited access to healthcare and cycles of food deprivation and overeating all contribute to the development of chronic health problems and obesity in both children and adults. Connecticut Food Bank enables low-income individuals and families to have access to the healthy and nutritious food they need in order to thrive at home, school and in life.
The mission of Connecticut Food Bank is to provide nutritious food to people in need. We do this by supplying food products and resources to our member agencies, as well as through direct food distribution programs and by promoting public awareness about the problem of hunger. Connecticut Food Bank is the state's largest centralized provider of emergency hunger relief, distributing over 27 million pounds of food annually to benefit over 275,000 residents at risk of hunger in six of the state's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank acquires, transports, warehouses and distributes nutritious food to people in need through a network of several hundred community-based partner programs that include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential, and day programs for low-income adults and children. Our partner agencies account for about 80% of our distribution of food. Direct outreach programs, including the Mobile Pantry, Hunger to Health Initiative (H2H), Child Hunger Impact Program (CHIP), GRoceries On Wheels (GROW 2.0) and the Senior Box Program help provide underserved populations with healthy food and nutrition education.
Connecticut Food Bank distributes food through our centralized distribution center in Wallingford and a regional warehouse located in Bridgeport. Food is also supplied to the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Center, an affiliate distribution organization in New London. Connecticut Food Bank transports food with a fleet of 15 vehicles, including three customized refrigerated mobile distribution trucks that bring food and services directly to residents of low-income neighborhoods. Connecticut Food Bank employs 68 staff members and has a pool of more than 6,000 volunteers.