Friday, April 1, 2011

In The Spotlight: Hartford Financial Services Group

Foodshare has no better partner in the fight to end hunger than The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. 

For the 18th year in a row, The Hartford will be the Presenting Sponsor and host of the Walk Against Hunger, one of our most important annual fundraising events. In addition to providing an outstanding facility, logistical services, entertainment, and food for our 2010 Walk event… over 1,200 dedicated employees formed 22 walk teams. Together they raised an astounding $162,082! In turn, The Hartford made a one-time matching gift of $100,000 to Foodshare to both honor their staff member’s achievement and celebrate the firm’s 200th anniversary. 

Throughout the year, volunteers from The Hartford also make a difference by participating in nearly every hunger-fighting program that Foodshare has to offer. From early spring through early winter, volunteers from The Hartford grow fresh fruits and veggies in area gardens such as Varney Farm and Auer Farm. Groups spend many hours sorting donated produce at our Regional Market facility. Or they sort bulk bread donations and other grocery items at our Bloomfield distribution center and reclamation facility. Groups also tackle special one-day projects for us on the United Way’s annual Day of Caring. At offsite events, volunteers from The Hartford staff Foodshare information tables, give speeches describing our efforts to end hunger, and present our Hunger 101 awareness-raising group activity. And they support the annual Turkey and a Twenty Campaign each November… an event every bit as important as the Walk Against Hunger itself.
"The Hartford is a proud supporter of Foodshare and its efforts to fight hunger in the greater Hartford area. Throughout The Hartford’s history – and still strong today – is a rich tradition of giving back to the communities where we live and work. We remain dedicated to providing resources and support to help our communities achieve what's ahead."

– Andy Napoli, President of Consumer Markets, The Hartford 

In fact, The Hartford’s support is so formidable, that they would easily have been Foodshare’s top business donor of 2010, however, they graciously asked to be removed from consideration in order to give other area businesses an opportunity to be recognized. Over the past two decades, The Hartford, along with their employees and their families have raised well over one million dollars to help alleviate hunger in the greater Hartford area. In deepest appreciation for their ongoing support, we recognize The Hartford as April’s Donor Spotlight recipient.

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