Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GE Powers Up for Foodshare

Morning Crew
Two employee groups from GE Power in Windsor recently volunteered at Foodshare, taking time and energy to help us provide more healthy food for our neighbors who struggle with hunger. One group volunteered with us in the morning, and the other in the afternoon.

Afternoon Crew
 Altogether, the two groups of GE Power employees sorted 7,500 pounds of food, which is enough to provide over 6,200 meals for our neighbors throughout the Greater Hartford region!

The GE Power team showed great dedication to Foodshare and our mission to solve hunger, as expressed by Mike, a member of the company’s Research and Development team:

"As people who work in the area, we feel it's important to give back to the community. 
Foodshare is a critical resource for many local people and a great way for us to support them."

Thank you GE Power for all of your hard work and support!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Asnuntuck Community College Provides Student Nourishment

Since its opening in February, The Pantry at Asnuntuck Community College has expanded to 166 enrolled recipients and 27 student volunteers. ACC Women’s Leadership Institute graduate Tracy Ouelette, ACC alumna Jordanna Fallon, and Student Activities Director Sherry Paquette founded the pantry after noticing a need among the student body. The Pantry is open Monday-Saturday and provides each student with up to 40 food items per month. It is located in the cashier hallway, and participants need to show a current student ID to be eligible.
Pictured (L-R): Sherry Paquette (ACC), Bea Maslowski (Foodshare), Elizabeth D'Alessandro, & Kathleen Souvigney (Enfield Food Shelf)

The Pantry is sponsored by the ACC Student Government Association, Foodshare, Enfield Food Shelf, ShopRiteJohnson Brunetti Financial Services, and G. Donovan Associates. Sherry Paquette, Tracy Ouelette, and Enfield Food Shelf Executive Director Kathleen Souvigney are all members of Foodshare’s Enfield Hunger Action Team (HAT), which collaborates on efforts to end food insecurity.  To learn more about the Enfield HAT, you can contact our Community Network Builder, Beatrice Maslowski

Future Generation Supports Foodshare

Foodshare's Fundraising Events Specialist, Al Marino, recently had a heartwarming visit to The Master's School in West Simsbury.

Approximately thirty 4th and 5th graders had the opportunity to hear Al speak about Foodshare and the important work we do for our hungry neighbors.

They, in turn, shared the results of their recent Ten Talents Project.

Each student had been given $5 and were asked to brainstorm with family and friends to find ways  to take the $5 and expand it to help our neighbors in need.  Household chores, bake sales and small business ideas were all projects that the students used to make the money grow.  Foodshare was chosen as one of the charities to share in the profits.  Al was thrilled to receive a check from the students for an amazing $1,152, which is enough to help Foodshare provide over 2,800 meals! 

We tip our caps off to Mrs. Blanchard and Mrs. Mancini for teaching the students the importance of sharing and giving back!

Monday, June 5, 2017

How Food Insecurity Impacts Seniors

Because of limited financial resources, food-insecure adults often need to stretch constrained budgets. The strategies they use--forgoing medical care; purchasing low-cost, nutrient-poor foods; and making trade-offs between food and other basic necessities, such as medication--can harm their health. Older adults experiencing food insecurity have lower overall dietary quality than their food-secure counterparts. They consume fewer calories, less protein, and fewer essential vitamins and minerals when compared to their food-secure peers.

Research shows that older adults who are food insecure are more likely to experience diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, gum disease, and limitations on activities of daily living, among other negative health outcomes. Additionally, compared to their food-secure counterparts, older adults struggling against food insecurity are at higher risk of depression.

Often, food-insecure older adults have more doctor’s office visits and emergency room visits, and more frequent hospitalizations.

Source: Food Research & Action Council, 5/19/17, Senior Food Insecurity

Friday, June 2, 2017

Upcoming Hartford Food Issues Community Meetings

The Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy, will be hosting a Food Issues Community Meeting at  various Hartford locations during the summer months.

Hartford residents are encouraged to attend to share their experiences with school meals, grocery stores, SNAP, and other topics.

Click on flyer below for more details.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Great American Milk Drive Returns!

Across Connecticut, 438,000 of our neighbors struggle to afford enough food, including basic staples like milk.

To help more of our food insecure neighbors access the essential nutrients they need, Price Chopper has partnered with Feeding America once again to host the Great American Milk Drive.

From June 1 to June 30 customers will have the opportunity to make a monetary gift while shopping at their local Price Chopper store.

All money collected will be used to purchase half-gallons of milk, which will be used to help local food banks like  Foodshare put milk on the table for local families. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Food Insecurity and Women's Health

"Data consistently show that women are especially vulnerable to food insecurity and its health consequences. Literature reviews reveal strong and consistent evidence of a higher risk of obesity among food-insecure women, but not for food-insecure men or children.

 Another serious risk facing many women is maternal depression, which can increase the incidence — or be a consequence — of food insecurity. Food insecurity during pregnancy has been linked with gestational diabetes, iron deficiency, and low birth weight.  But, according to recent studies, mothers of young children in food-insecure households who received SNAP were less likely to experience symptoms of maternal depression and less likely to be in poor health, compared to mothers in food-insecure households not receiving SNAP"

Source: Food Research & Action Council, 5/19/17, Food Insecurity & Women's Health