Monday, March 27, 2017

34th Annual Walk Against Hunger Open House

Hands On Hartford, a Foodshare partner, recently hosted an open house to promote participation in the 34th Annual Foodshare Walk Against Hunger.

Al Marino, our Fundraising Events Specialist, spoke with guests--including board members, supporters, and clients--about Foodshare's work in the Greater Hartford community, and the importance of taking part in our Walk.

As one of our largest fundraisers of the year, this event supports the ongoing work of Foodshare and our 300 program partners, to increase access to healthy food, while providing longer-term support for our neighbors who are struggling with hunger.

Interested in participating? Click here for more information.

City of Hartford Hosts 'Heroes For Babies' Kickoff Event

On Saturday, April 1st, the City of Hartford in collaboration with Hartford's Fire Department will host a Heroes for Babies event. This event will kick-off  their baby item drive which will take place throughout the month of April. 

For more information click on the flyer below:

Friday, March 24, 2017

MCC Will Host Forum on Food Insecuity

On March 30 and 31, Manchester Community College will be hosting a  two-day dialogue forum that will focus on food insecurity and inequality.

View flyer below for more information.

Join us on Instagram!

It is with great pleasure that we announce Foodshare is now sharing our passion for the fight against hunger on Instagram.

We encourage you all to follow us @FoodshareCT and catch a behind-the-scenes look at our staff, volunteers, partners and friends! #PartnersAgainstHunger

Don't forget to tag us in your photos so we can thank you personally for your commitment to this important work!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Majority of SNAP Recipients are Working Poor

"According to a recent report from the USDA, an increasing share of individuals who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as food stamps, live in households where at least one person is working.

Nearly 32 percent of SNAP households are home to at least one wage-earner, according to the most recent data on the program, compared to only 19.6 percent in 1989, as far back as USDA data is available."

Source: The Huffington Post, 03/16/17, View Article >

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

No Meals May Mean No Snow Days

"When school districts decide to stay open during inclement weather, many parents assume that it relates to the roads.

But there’s another reason schools are reluctant to grant snow days: Their students may have little to eat at home. According to the Agriculture Department, 20 million students receive free lunch, and 11.7 million receive free breakfast, at school."

Source: The Washington Post, 3/15/17, Learn More>

Cuts in Funding for Anti-Poverty Programs?

"The majorities in Congress have advocated capping or “block granting” federal spending on Medicaid and SNAP — and the Trump administration is also expected to pursue a budget that restructures them. Over time, the effect would be major cuts to these programs. The more immediate effect would be to eliminate the programs’ ability to automatically adjust to meet increased need, whether from a weakened economy, natural disaster or public-health crises such as the opioid epidemic. Low-income programs that depend on annual appropriations are also at risk if the president and Congress follow through on plans to bring domestic spending to historically low levels."

 Source: Washington Post, 3/10/17, Read More->