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Policy & Advocacy


Foodshare is committed to collaborating with community organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.

Together with our partners, we raise awareness about hunger and advocate for policies and programs that support the food security of our community.

Creating a hunger-free community requires many solutions working together, including critical government programs. In our non-partisan work, Foodshare meets with elected officials and encourages community action on specific issues to ensure that we are doing our best to support our neighbors who struggle with hunger.

You can lend your voice to our efforts by signing up for Foodshare Action Alerts.

Federal Programs

As a member of Feeding America, the national network of regional food banks, Foodshare coordinates with others across the country to help keep core federal nutrition programs strong. Without these federal programs in place, many more people would experience food insecurity and hunger.

The U.S. Farm Bill is the major food and farm legislation that gets revisited or reauthorized by Congress every 5 years. The Farm Bill includes several nutrition programs that play an important role in ensuring that our low-income neighbors have access to food. View some of the programs +

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps low-income individuals and families purchase food at supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers markets. Foodshare works with a team of volunteers to assist those who are eligible to complete applications and receive SNAP.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food for distribution to low-income people through emergency feeding organizations like food banks, pantries, kitchens, and shelters. TEFAP provides approximately 20% of the food distributed by Foodshare each year.
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides monthly food packages to low-income seniors over age 60. Through this program, Foodshare currently distributes 900 food boxes to local seniors.

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act helps children get the nutrition they need to learn and grow, including meals and snacks in school, child care, after school, and summer settings. View some of the programs +

State Programs

In coordination with Connecticut Food Bank and End Hunger Connecticut!, we are working with partners across the state to build a statewide coalition to end hunger in Connecticut. In September 2017, our three organizations facilitated the first statewide anti-hunger conference called Hungry For Change, which was attended by over 100 people. We will host the second annual Hungry For Change conference in September 2018. To get involved, contact our Director of Policy and Program Impact, Miranda Muro, at 860-856-4345.

Foodshare also serves on the steering committee of the Connecticut Food System Alliance.

Local Programs

Foodshare coordinates Hunger Action Teams in towns and neighborhoods throughout the Greater Hartford area to develop local solutions to hunger. Learn more >

Foodshare also serves as a Commissioner on the City of Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy.

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