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January 30, 2023

CT Foodshare nets $500K grant from KeyBank Foundation

Contributed (Pictured from left) Jason Jakubowski, CEO of Connecticut Foodshare; Matthew Hummel, KeyBank Connecticut and Western Massachusetts market president; Renee Santos, Food Pantry coordinator at Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford; Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz; Hector L. Velazquez Jr., family engagement coordinator at Church Street School, Hamden.

Wallingford nonprofit Connecticut Foodshare announced it has received a three-year, $500,000 charitable grant from KeyBank Foundation.  

The funding will help Connecticut Foodshare invest in and improve its Mobile Pantry, a core direct-service program. The pantry on wheels distributes food to those in need who lack direct proximity to a supermarket or food pantry, or may not have a vehicle or the physical means to access other resources. 

Connecticut Foodshare currently operates over 100 Mobile Pantry sites statewide. In 2022, the program distributed 4.9 million pounds of food and served an average of 17,718 food-insecure households per month.

“Our mobile pantry program serves thousands of households per month with nutritious food including sought after items like produce,” said Jason Jakubowski, president and CEO of Connecticut Foodshare. “We are extremely grateful to our friends from KeyBank for supporting this vital resource to so many families in our state.” 

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