Monday, July 24, 2017

Foodshare Friday With UnitedHealthcare

Recently, a group of passionate employees from UnitedHealthcare recently spent their Friday afternoon volunteering at our warehouse.

Thanks to their hard work and energy they successfully sorted through 3,705 pounds of donated food items for our hungry neighbors!  This will accumulate to over 3,000 meals that will be given to all those in need!

Thank you UnitedHealthcare for your many years of continued support!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Aetna Fills Foodshare With Volunteers

This Wednesday was a busy day at Foodshare! We hosted 170 volunteers from Aetna who spent the entire day sorting food to help our neighbors in need, and learning more about hunger in our community.

Our facility at the Hartford Regional Market hosted about 45 of the volunteers and the remaining 125 volunteers were hard at work at our facility in Bloomfield. The volunteers were part of Aetna’s summer internship program, and they included students from over 80 colleges and universities from across the country.

The volunteers were divided into groups and rotated through different stations: sorting donations of meat and other grocery items, sorting produce, and preparing mesh bags that Foodshare uses to pack produce. The Aetna interns also learned more about hunger and its many causes through a Hunger 101 role-play and discussion activity.

Altogether, this energetic group from Aetna sorted 28,500 pounds of food in a single day. That’s enough to provide close to 24,000 meals for our neighbors in need.

A big thank you to the volunteers and staff members from Aetna for taking time to give back to the Greater Hartford community!

Do you have a group that’s interested in volunteering at Foodshare? Click here to learn more!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MassMutual Secures Meals

This past week, a passionate group of employees from MassMutual took a break from developing insurance plans to provide our hungry neighbors with a healthy meal.

During their time at our warehouse, they successfully sorted through 4,480 pounds of food, enough to make over 3,700 meals!

Thank you MassMutual for all of your hard work!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Eversource Energizes Foodshare with Volunteers

Just recently a hardworking group of employees from Eversource took time from their work schedules to volunteer at Foodshare's Bloomfield facility.

During a six-hour time span, the group of volunteers sorted through over 8,000 pounds of  healthy food items. Thanks to their energetic spirit, our hungry neighbors will receive over 7,000 meals!

Thank you Eversource for your support!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A New Truck Is In Town

Our new Mobile Foodshare truck is ready for its first day on the road with a full load of fresh veggies – radishes, carrots, cabbage, and more!

This truck was made possible thanks to the State of CT Nonprofit Grant Program. We are grateful for this generous support which will help Foodshare continue to provide reliable and healthy food assistance to our neighbors who struggle with hunger.

Mobile Foodshare is our pantry-on-wheels program that delivers fresh produce and other food to over 70 accessible community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland Counties.

Last year, Mobile Foodshare distributed 4.2 million pounds of food, three-quarters of which was fresh produce, and the average attendance was 16,800 people a month!

Click here to learn more about Mobile Foodshare in your community.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Foodshare Appoints New President & CEO

Today Foodshare announced that Jason Jakubowski has been chosen as our new President & CEO. Jason will begin at Foodshare on Monday, July 31. He currently serves as Vice President of External Relations at Hospital for Special Care (HSC) in Hartford and New Britain.

Jason brings over 15 years of experience in public health, public affairs, nonprofit leadership, and community relations to the position.  His appointment comes after a nationwide search of candidates by Foodshare’s Transition Committee and Board of Directors.
 “Jason is a recognized leader and builder of community partnerships with a lifelong dedication to tackling the issues of hunger, poverty, literacy, personal health, and job retention,” said Tom Buckingham, Foodshare Board Chair.“He is well-prepared to execute Foodshare’s mission of leading an informed, coordinated response to hunger in our community.”

Read the full press release >>

Monday, July 10, 2017

Foodshare Was In The House

Foodshare was thrilled to join the Yard Goats at their 4th of July Celebration Game!

Foodshare staff members, families and volunteers came out to support the Yard Goats and Foodshare Sunday July 2.

The night began with our Interim President & CEO, Jack Hackendorn throwing the first pitch. Members of the Development team were then presented with a check from the Ford Motor Company Fund in the amount of $57,000 which reflected their support over the past few years – a great partnership!

A group of passionate volunteers also engaged in the fun by collecting donations and educating Yard Goat fans about the issue of hunger at each entrance of the stadium.
They collected enough money to provide over 4,000 meals to people in Hartford and Tolland counties.

A huge thank you to the Hartford Yard Goats for supporting us in our effort to end hunger and help those in need!