A Hunger-free Vision

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Hunger is a Problem With a Solution

Hunger is an invisible problem, so most people are unaware of how large a problem it is. In Hartford and Tolland counties alone—the area served by Foodshare—there are 128,000 people who cannot be sure where their next meal is coming from. That includes one out of every five children in the area.

They live in every single town in these counties, from the wealthiest suburbs to the most rural communities. They include people who were caught in the Great Recession, people squeezed between inflation and wage stagnation, people working in low-wage jobs and trapped in the poverty cycle, and retired people who can’t stretch their limited funds far enough. The majority of the 128,000 people we serve are either children or seniors, and the majority of the rest are working full time jobs (or two). Click here to meet some of them.

Foodshare, as the region’s food bank, helps these people in two ways: by supplying food to local service bodies and through programs that build self-sufficiency and reduce the need for food.

In our food banking operation, we secure donated food from the food industry and distribute that food to food pantries, community kitchens, shelters, and other programs serving those in need. We also deliver fresh fruits and vegetables directly to low-income neighborhoods through our Mobile Foodshare program. Altogether last year, we distributed enough food for 12 million meals.

We work to build self-sufficiency through several programs that help people identify their goals and give them resources and support to achieve those goals. The pilot phase of these programs has been very encouraging, in one case reducing food insecurity by half, and we are now hoping to make best practices available to hundreds of area partners.

Learn more about our programs and our plans to solve hunger.

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