Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Founder returning for Connecticut Food Bank's 30th anniversary

Connecticut Food Bank’s Founder Mark Patton, now Executive Director at Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, to attend annual Hunger Action Hero Awards in recognition of organization’s 30th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Mark Patton borrowed a desk and telephone at New Haven’s Christian Community Action in 1982 to provide temporary food assistance to those in need.  Connecticut Food Bank came into existence from his thoughtful response to a real need, which three decades later has become the largest source of emergency food distribution in the state.

Hunger Action Hero Award recipients including Christian Community Action Inc. of New Haven;  Chabaso Bakery of New Haven; Park City Initiatives Corp. of Bridgeport; Bozzuto’s, Inc. of Cheshire and Blue Hills Orchards of Wallingford

Also present: Representatives from local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, past Hunger Action Hero award winners, Connecticut Food Bank President and CEO Nancy L. Carrington and food bank employees

WHEN: Sunday, September 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Connecticut Food Bank’s East Haven warehouse, 150 Bradley St.

September is Hunger Action Month. Each September, Connecticut Food Bank honors the individuals, companies and organizations that go above and beyond on behalf of its mission to alleviate hunger.

CONTACT: Mary B. Ingarra, Connecticut Food Bank, 203-469-5000 ext. 309,

Connecticut Food Bank serves approximately 600 local emergency food assistance programs in six of Connecticut’s eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. Connecticut Food Bank distributes an average of 33 tons of food every business day.

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