Foodshare Partners with MACC Food Pantry
Manchester/Bolton - With resources from its “Partnership Program”, Foodshare has worked with the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) Food Pantry to help them purchase two refrigerators and to replace a chest freezer. This will allow the pantry to store more perishable and frozen products.
The MACC Food Pantry can distribute up to one week of groceries at a time, serving approximately 450 families (850 unduplicated individuals) each month. In order to reach a larger portion of their community, MACC established two satellite pantries elsewhere in town. Many seniors, low-income families and people with disabilities are able to access these pantries much more easily than at their primary location. Each satellite location is staffed by MACC volunteers.
In addition to this recent collaboration, Foodshare provided 36,548 pounds of food to MACC’s Food Pantry in the past year to support its work to feed those individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Manchester and Bolton.
Foodshare’s “Partnership Program” was created by the organization’s Board of Directors to expand the work of Foodshare’s local food pantry, community kitchen, and shelter partners in areas critical to Foodshare’s goal of ending hunger in the region. Funds to support this partnership come in part from the annual Walk Against Hunger, from which Foodshare sets aside 5% of all donations for this purpose.
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Foodshare is the heart of greater Hartford’s fight against hunger, bringing together individuals and organizations to create effective solutions to end hunger in all 42 towns of Hartford and Tolland counties.
Foodshare does this in three key ways, by:
- Serving as our region’s food bank and distributing 16 tons of food each day to a network of 300 local partners that feed our hungry neighbors. This vital safety net helps 128,000 people in our region who are at risk – including seniors, the working poor, and 50,000 children – get some of the food they need for today.
- Reducing the number of people in need by increasing their self-sufficiency. In this way, we address the chronic underlying reasons why people are hungry. These stem from poverty, not just the immediate lack of food.
- Engaging members of the greater community to increase their understanding of these real causes and solutions to hunger. Our goal is to inspire community members to become personally involved in effective hunger solutions.
Since 1982, Foodshare has sought to end hunger in our region. Working in partnership with other community leaders such as the United Way, End Hunger Connecticut! and 211 Infoline, Foodshare has the experience and is building the networks necessary to help make this vision a reality.
We need you! Become a Foodshare partner. Your gifts of time, talent, and financial support are vital to ending hunger… not just by feeding a hungry person today but by creating a future where hunger will not be tolerated. To get involved in Foodshare’s work to end hunger in the greater Hartford region, please call (860) 286-9999 or visit www.foodshare.org.