Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Signs of Summer

For the past several years Foodshare’s Hunger Action Teams have worked hard to let families know where kids can get a healthy and free summer lunch through the USDA’s Summer Meals program.

Bloomfield Town Pool 2016

Bristol B & G Club 2016
HATS saw the need to promote the meal sites and strategized how to get them out on the curbs where meals were being served.

When signs were available from other sources we used them, when they were not we funded Partnership Program awards or paid the cost for signs, knowing that kids would benefit greatly and the program would thrive.

Our goal?  More food security for kids who were able to get a free or reduced cost lunch during the school year.

Vernon Park, 2016

This year’s signs topped all – big, bright and beautiful orange signs graced more than 100 entrances to meals across our region.. When our friends at Budget Printers heard what we were doing they generously donated a large part of the cost. Hats off to Budget Printers,1718 Park Street in Hartford for showing such great community spirit!

New Britain, 2017

Hartford, 2017

Increasing signage was just one of the ways Foodshare has promoted the Summer Meals program. Stay tuned for information about our Expect More Healthy Kids events and Championship coming soon!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 16th Benefit Dance

 On Saturday, September 16th, Turnabout, a local Rock n' Roll Band will be sponsoring a benefit dance in support of Foodshare.  Doors open at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

View flyer below for more information. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome Reception for Jason Jakubowski

Please join us on Thursday, September 14th  for a welcome reception for our new President & CEO, Jason Jakubowski.

RSVP to Linda by September 10 by email or call 806-856-4312

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hungry for Change: Building a Coalition to Solve Hunger in Connecticut

Join us this Hunger Action Month for the Hungry for Change statewide conference! This inspiring and informative morning will provide an opportunity to connect with others, discuss the current state of hunger in Connecticut, and share ideas about collaborative action as we work toward a common agenda.

When: Wednesday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Where: Chrysalis Training & Conference Center, 255 Homestead Avenue, Hartford
RSVP here by Thursday, September 14. Space is limited and breakfast will be provided.


-      Data and information about hunger in Connecticut and the core policies that support food security
-      Key note speaker Joel Berg from Hunger Free America

-      Breakout sessions on:

-      Setting a policy agenda that protects government safety net programs

-      Encouraging healthy food access in food pantries and creating model programs

-      Pursuing food justice and addressing inequities in the food system

-      Closing: Planning next steps

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dining For a Cause

Looking to support Foodshare and enjoy a night out with family and friends?

This Wednesday, August 30 Ninety Nine Restaurants will partner with The Hartford Harley Owner’s Group (HOG) to host “Dining for a Cause” in support of our hungry neighbors. 15% of each guest’s check will be donated to Foodshare. Guests must print and present the voucher (see below) to their server at the restaurant’s Glastonbury location.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Healthy Food Donation

Over 50 pounds of chayote (aka cho-cho) was donated to Foodshare and in less than 15 minutes it was on its way to the food pantry at Charity SDA Church in East Hartford.  Beulah Gayle picked up the two cases of fresh fruit as part of her weekly pickup at Foodshare.

Chayote is rich in amino acids, a good source of vitamin C and folate, and is low fat.  It can be eaten raw or cooked.  It can be added to soups and salads or stretching a meat dish.  In short, it’s a versatile healthy food that not enough people know about.

Next time you are looking for healthy foods to eat and donate – think Chayote. 

 Foodshare encourages healthy food donations such as Chayote.

Beluah Gaye (left) to distribute fresh chayote at the Charity SDA Church Food Pantry in East Hartford; and Jim Palma (right) donated the fresh chayote to Foodshare.

Summer Meal Champions!

On a rainy Saturday morning in August, thirty-one kids from five towns made their way to Parker Memorial Community Center in Hartford for the Expect More Healthy Kids Championship Event. On the line were awesome prizes: a Minion’s bike, an electric scooter, a Fitbit, and gift cards to Toys R Us and Target.

Leading up to this event, more than 250 children competed each week in July to earn ribbons and an invitation to the final competition. From the kid’s perspective, it was fun and games. But Foodshare had a serious reason behind it -- getting the word out about free summer meals in our region.

Why does Foodshare care about a federal program like summer meals? We realize that the 11.5 million meals we provide at pantries, shelters and community kitchens are only one part of the equation. To keep Connecticut kids strong, we need strong programs in place like school meals and summer meals.

The USDA Summer Meals Program began as an extension of the school lunch program in 1968, yet it is still the ‘best kept secret’ in child nutrition programs. Few parents know that there are free meals for kids at 600 locations across Connecticut -- less than 25 percent of kids who receive a free or reduced cost lunch at school will get a summer meal!

So while the kids enjoyed fun activities – field games, basketball, and Yard Goats baseball - we were asking them to go back to friends and family as ‘ambassadors’ for the free meals at their summer programs. A week of nutrition education rounded the activities out, with the help of the SNAP4CT staff who taught basic “My Plate” rules for healthy eating during relay races. Fox61 and iHeart Radio provided a media spotlight to get the word out. Panera provided delicious sandwiches for competitors and their families at the championship, and donations to Foodshare from their new delivery program. Stop & Shop provided the funding for us to do this important outreach. It was truly a team effort and we can Expect More Healthy Kids as a result.

Foodshare thanks all of our partners and special thanks to the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation who graciously facilitated activities on two sites and provided the Championship venue. Thanks to Fox61 morning anchor Tim Lammers for acting as master of ceremonies, a passionate advocate for Connecticut kids!