Monday, April 2, 2012

Taking the pledge to help end hunger

At last week's annual meeting, Foodshare rolled out our new goals in our work to end hunger and asked those present to take a pledge to help with at least one of the goals.  Many people did!

Engage 30,000 people in a movement to end hunger in greater Hartford.  To end hunger we need a vibrant partnership of individuals and organizations.  An army of at least 30,000 caring, committed, passionate people can change the conversation about hunger by engaging in efforts that truly end hunger.

Ensure that everyone has enough by reducing the need for families to visit food pantries and community kitchens.  Foodshare is able to meet about one-half of the need. Closing the gap in available meals, for each community, meets the need while keeping us focused on actually ending hunger.   We’ll keep maximizing donations of healthy food. But, without the ability to double in size, it’s critical that we help people become independent if we are to ensure that everyone has enough.

Increase by 20% the number of qualified families that are enrolled in the core nutrition programs: School Breakfast, Summer Food, & SNAP.  These nutrition programs provide the majority of the food that hungry people receive, with remarkable efficiency. Yet, many families, including those with young children, do not receive these meals that they need and deserve.  Connecticut is a small state, with plenty innovation: we should be able to figure out how to make these kid-centric programs the best in the nation!

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