This holiday season the Department of Public Policy (DPP) is highlighting Connecticut Foodshare‘s Turkey and 30 campaign. This year’s edition seeks to collect over 50,000 turkeys for families across Connecticut. The additional $30 donation will help Connecticut Foodshare throughout the year. Visit their website for more information about how to donate and ways to volunteer.
Earlier this year Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank merged to create Connecticut Foodshare. Their mission states
Our brand reflects our new mission—to deliver an informed and equitable response to hunger by mobilizing community partners, volunteers, and supporters. It represents the collaboration, compassion, openness, perseverance, and a deep appreciation for Connecticut and its people that are necessary to effectively address food insecurity in our community.
With a new logo they reflect their mission through the representation of “… collaboration, compassion, openness, perseverance, and a deep love for Connecticut and its people..” The organization offers six key ways to support their mission through volunteering, events, donation, an Institute, retail food rescue and hunger action teams.
- Connecticut Foodshare offers volunteering opportunities in Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, New London and Tolland counties. These opportunities are available throughout the year, and Stuff-A-Bus Thanksgiving Drives are a great way to get involved this time of year.
- The Foodshare Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions provides strategies for holistic solutions to hunger. Through evidence-based programs, the Institute is able to promote health and long-term solutions to hunger in innovative ways. Their initiatives include access to healthy food, addressing root causes, research and evaluation and shifting the paradigm.
- Through MealConnect, Connecticut Foodshare is able to reduce food waste in our communities. They do so by connecting surplus food to partner organizations including food pantries and meal programs.
- Hunger Action Teams bring together members of the community to develop local solutions to hunger. They provide opportunities to volunteer, donate, participate and advocate.
We hope you consider partnering with Connecticut Foodshare this holiday season!