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Foodshare Partners with Center Church

HARTFORD –Foodshare is making efforts to reach more people in need for food.

Thanks to a generous capacity-building grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation, Foodshare has worked with Center Church—Meal Programs to help them purchase a commercial reach-in freezer and a commercial reach-in refrigerator, much-needed items that would otherwise be beyond their budget.

The new units will let them provide more perishable food to people in need. In addition to this recent collaboration, Foodshare provided 2,898 pounds of food to Center Church – Meal Programs in the past year to support its work to feed those individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Hartford.

Center Church – Meal Programs provides several meals to the community throughout the week.  They serve a wide range of people, most of whom have lower income and more of whom are homeless or face housing instability.

This purchase was made possible through a grant awarded to Foodshare by the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. With this funding, Foodshare is able to help several food pantries, soup kitchens, and other partner programs in the greater Hartford area purchase new equipment to store and handle perishable food items, such as freezers, refrigerators, prep tables, and shelving. This increased capacity means that together we will be able to distribute more wholesome food, such as produce, meat, and dairy, to our food insecure neighbors.

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FoodShare’s President to Resign

BLOOMFIELD –Gloria McAdam, Foodshare’s President and CEO, has accepted a position heading an organization that fights hunger in Northern New York.

McAdam will remain at Foodshare until Dec. 31, 2014 when she will assume the role of Executive Director of GardenShare in Canton, NY, near where she grew up.  During the search for a permanent replacement, COO Christine O’Rourke will serve as interim CEO.

The organization has already activated its succession plan, which includes launching a nationwide search for a new President/CEO.

“We are indebted to Gloria for building a robust and dynamic organization with a strong mission and a deep bench of talented employees,” said Leslie Soler, Chair of Foodshare’s Board.  “Her determination and passion for the twin issues of fighting hunger and ending its causes has been an inspiration for the last 30 years.  We will miss her terribly, but her drive to build this organization into a fiscally sound force against hunger leaves it strong and resilient.”




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FoodShare: Turkey Goal Reached!

BLOOMFIELD — On this Thanksgiving Day, more than 20,000 low-income families will be thankful.

Thanks to a “monumental last-minute surge” that helped to put the campaign efforts of Foodshare and its volunteers over its mark. The turkey drive aimed to collect 20,000 turkeys to feed families in need.

As of  Wednesday morning, Foodshare was still more than 2,000 turkeys shy of the 20,000 goal, and the organization was contemplating the need to turn away clients who had requested a turkey, organizers said.

But during the last four hours of its donation drive, people flooded Foodshare’s Bloomfield facility donating every last turkey.

That included people who had donated earlier, heard that the campaign was coming up short, and went out to buy still more turkeys, organizers said. Office coworkers pooled their money, friends got together, and even the press that came to cover the story stopped and bought turkeys on the way to Foodshare.

“The generosity of the people of greater Hartford is truly remarkable,” says Foodshare President Gloria McAdam. “But it was close. Historically, Monday has been our busiest day, often meeting our goal that same evening. But this year the parking lot was quiet, until today. That’s never happened. And while we’re enormously grateful it did finally happen, we were nervous.”

To help offset such last-minute drama, Lincoln Financial has generously donated $30,000 to help launch Foodshare’s Turkey Club—a new, recurring gift program through which people can donate money for a turkey and thirty each month. This lets people make a larger contribution while spreading the expense over time. It also allows Foodshare to have a stockpile of turkeys ahead of time.

For more information on how you can contribute toward Foodshare’s Turkey Club,  money to fund Foodshare’s hunger work throughout the year, go online at www.foodshare.org.


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Foodshare Drive Needs More Turkey

BLOOMFIELD — A steady flow of donations arrived at all of the Turkey and Thirty drives on Saturday, with nearly 2,000 turkeys and over $23,000 donated, Foodshare organizers said.

But there is still a long way to go for Foodshare to meet the goal of 20,000 turkeys.

The turkey donations are needed by Monday, as Foodshare’s biggest distribution days are Monday and Tuesday.

Turkeys will go out to local pantries on Monday and Tuesday, who in turn will distribute them to the families who signed up in advance to receive a little help this holiday season.

If Foodshare does not meet the goal, the organization will have to cut the numbers given out to local pantries and they in turn, will have to turn away families who were hoping for this assistance.

“It was great to see so many people stopping by one of the donation sites today and I thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart,” said Gloria McAdam, President and CEO of Foodshare.  “In the past, the Sunday before Thanksgiving has been our single largest day for donations, and we hope that people will make that hold true again.

Adams said Foodshare still needs more than 8,000 turkeys donated and have only 48 hours to do it if we are going to get these turkeys to families in need before the holiday.

She’s asking the anyone who had been thinking about donating to come out and see us at one of the many donation sites throughout the region.

Town drives will continue on Sunday in Hartford, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury, and collection sites are available across greater Hartford.

The food bank’s Bloomfield distribution center also accepts donations and offers extended hours of operation through Tuesday, November 26th.  For more information on how you can help, or for a complete list of donation sites, please visitwww.aturkeyand30.org.

Tomorrow’s Turkey and Thirty Drives:

Hartford West End: Sun, Nov. 24 from 9am-4pm @ Shop Rite (46 Kane Street)


Wethersfield: Sun, Nov. 24 from 10am-4pm @ Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance (206 Prospect Street)


  Glastonbury: Sun, Nov. 24 from 10am-4pm @ Stop & Shop and Whole Foods locations in Glastonbury.

 And at Foodshare, 450 Woodland Avenue, Bloomfield, Sun., Nov. 24, 9am-4pm

Keep up with all of Foodshare’s latest news and updates by becoming a follower at www.twitter.com/Foodshare.


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Washington Redskins and Windsor Native Chris Baker Donates to Foodshare

By Ann-Marie Mesquita, Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD — Washington Redskins defensive end and Windsor native Chris Baker thought it was time to “reach back” into the community that nurtured him and give back.

So on Tuesday, an exceptionally cold day in Bloomfield, Baker and his family toured Foodshare’s gigantic warehouse and donated $500 to Foodshare.

“We’re so grateful for this contribution,” said Foodshare President Gloria McAdam. “And we’re looking forward to a long and constructive relationship.”

Windsor Native Chris Baker donates check to Foodshare President Gloria McAdam

Windsor Native Chris Baker donates check to Foodshare President Gloria McAdam

Baker intends to continue to reach back into the community, with the aid of the Chris Baker Foundation, which aims “to foster education and literacy in the Greater Hartford area.”

Baker said he selected Foodshare because of its track record in impacting thousands of Connecticut residents. Foodshare distributes food to community partners. But on certain days make stops in Hartford and elsewhere. In Hartford, the mobile Foodshare truck stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and the Artist Collective.

The NFL defensive said he grew up and went to church not far from Foodshare’s location. He went to Windsor High School, where he played football before going to Penn State. And his spiritual base is at First Cathedral Church.

“It felt good to come home,” he said. “I feel really good about Foodshare and the work it’s doing, and I want to support that work.

Baker says that this is the first step in what he hopes will be an ongoing relationship with Foodshare. Baker was also visiting area schools, including Windsor High. Among other activities, the foundation will be holding a charity auction in November and hosting a summer football camp in Windsor next summer.

McAdam said Baker’s check will go toward Foodshare’s ongoing work to increase the amount of food available, decrease the number of people who need food assistance, and engage the entire community in the effort to end hunger.

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FoodShare Share Resources With House of Bread

HARTFORD — House of Bread, a food pantry in Hartford, can now safely transport prepared foods to its clients.

Thanks to a gift from Foodshare and resources from its “Partnership Program.” With this help, Foodshare worked with House of Bread to help them purchase four shelving units and a bench scale. to transport hot foods.

The House of Bread exists in order to provide urban ministry to the economically disadvantaged in the Hartford area, administrators said. They offer a multitude of programs focusing on hunger, shelter, transitional living, affordable housing, education and job training. Their kitchen offers breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday, lunch on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday, and serves 300-400 meals daily!

Foodshare’s “Partnership Program” was created by the organization’s Board of Directors to expand the work of Foodshare’s local food pantry, community kitchen, and shelter partners in areas critical to Foodshare’s goal of ending hunger in the region.

Keep up with all of Foodshare’s latest news and media updates by becoming a follower at www.twitter.com/Foodshare.



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Foodshare Partners with L&F Ministries

HARTFORD — With resources from its “Partnership Program”, Foodshare has worked with Loaves & Fishes Ministries to help them replace an outdated freezer. With the new commercial freezer, the soup kitchen will be able to continue safely storing food, according Foodshare.

Representatives said Loaves & Fishes Ministries, Inc. directly impacts families throughout the Asylum Hill neighborhood and beyond. In 2010, the soup kitchen provided more than 36,110 meals.

The program also encourages clients to make use of other available resources such as the organization’s Opening Doors Program, which provides job skills training and employment.

In addition to this recent collaboration, Foodshare provided 16,753 pounds of food to Loaves and Fishes Ministries in the past year to support individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Hartford.



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Widespread Power Outages Spark Food Donation Inquiries

HARTFORD — With Hurricane Irene leaving many local households in the dark, many now worry they will have to throw out a freezer full of food.

Some are offering food to food shelter.

Foodshare said the agency has already received several inquiries this morning asking if donations are being accepted.  So officials have a few advice. First, it is recommended that people first contact a Foodshare partner agency in their own town to ensure the greatest efficiency.

In those instances where local programs are also experiencing power outages and are unable to accommodate such donations, Foodshare is happy to accept frozen food items that align with local health regulations.

Health regulations specify that donated products cannot be partially thawed, opened or homemade. They must be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less at all times, including during transport.

If you are looking to make a donation, please call 211 or visit 211ct.org to locate a food pantry, community kitchen or shelter in your town. You can also contact Foodshare at 860-286-9999 with any questions or concerns.



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Cyclists Ride To ‘Break’ Poverty Cycle

BLOOMFIELD — Ten cyclists on Tuesday will begin  a weeklong tour throughout Connecticut in an effort to “break the cycle of poverty” in Connecticut.

Foodshare will celebrate the conclusion of Brake the Cycle’s annual ride across Connecticut, an anti-poverty campaign formed under the leadership of the US Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

This year’s tour will take them through towns such as Manchester, Rocky Hill, Milford, Waterbury, and Southbury, ending in Bloomfield at Foodshare’s warehouse for a finale event co-sponsored by the CT Association of Basic Human Needs (CABHN).

The ride, which began locally in Manchester in 2003, was first created by members of St. Bridget’s Church. The original team cycled through Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland before meeting with cyclists in Baltimore who had cycled from San Francisco. The combined group cycled in solidarity to Washington, D.C. and attended an anti-poverty rally and press conference.

In 2004, the team recognized the need to take action against poverty within the state of Connecticut. Brake the Cycle has since been welcomed at over 50 congregations with another 6 to be added in this coming week alone.


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Food Pantry Collects Items For “Warmer Days”

MANCHESTER — Between Dec. 17 and Jan. 14, the Robert H. Lord Company is collecting non-perishable food items for FOODSHARE and MACC, a local food pantry and shelter.

They are also collecting for the “WarmerDays” winter outwear drive clean & gently used hats, mittens, gloves, coats, and snow pants will be donated to a local area shelter.

All donated items may be dropped off at the Robert H. Lord Company, 220 Chapel Road, Manchester, Conn. Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact us at RHL for more information, or for more opportunities to get involved.

Robert H. Lord Company

220 Chapel Road
Manchester, CT 06042
(P) 860-645-8700


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