The mission of the 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 that fill gaps in communities, and by promoting public awareness about the problem of hunger.
Connecticut Food Bank
Our mission is to provide nutritious food to people in need. Born from the concept of matching excess food supplies to individuals with limited resources. We began distributing food in 1982 out of a 2,000 square foot warehouse in New Haven, supplying 400,000 pounds of food to 70 programs. Today, we are the state's largest centralized provider of emergency hunger relief, distributing over 22 million pounds of food annually to benefit more than 300,000 residents at risk of hunger in six of the state's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham.
We serve local community-based partner programs that include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs, and day programs for low-income adults and children. Direct outreach programs, such as the Kids' BackPack Program, the Mobile Pantry and the GROW! Up with Good Nutrition Initiative provide underserved populations with healthy food and nutrition education.
We distribute food through our centralized distribution center in Wallingford and a regional warehouse located in Fairfield. Food is also supplied to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, an affiliate distribution organization in New London. We transport food with a fleet of 15 vehicles, including two customized refrigerated mobile distribution trucks that bring food and services directly to residents of low-income neighborhoods. We employ 65 staff members and have a pool of more than 4,000 volunteers.