Member Programs Open House
13/Nov/15 / 16:08
Connecticut Food Bank Member Programs Tour New Distribution Center at Open House
Nearly 100 representatives from Connecticut Food Bank member programs toured our new distribution center at a Member Programs Open House in Wallingford on November 12. Visitors saw first-hand how we are using this state-of-the-art building to increase the amount and type of nutritious food and fresh produce we distribute through these programs to hungry people in the 127 cities and towns we serve.
Our new distribution center has significantly increased food storage as well as tripling cold storage capacity compared to our East Haven and Waterbury facilities. Guests had the opportunity to tour the center, from the food sorting room, to our efficient refrigeration units, to our community engagement room.
“I love the cold storage facility, “said Erin Parfitt of Perception Programs, Inc. in Willimantic. “Everything stays cold from delivery which is good for food safety.”
However, despite our ability to distribute more food, there is still a great demand for more. With the upcoming holiday season, our Member Programs have stressed the increased need in their own communities. Pastor Kevin Mongeau from Hands of Grace in New Hartford hopes to see more availability of food from the new distribution center.
“We’re looking for more canned goods, more vegetables and bread that we’ve seen a shortage of,” Pastor Mongeau said. “It looks very efficient here with the state-of-the-art fridges.”
A special greeting for guests at our member programs open house November 12. These programs are the front line in the fight against hunger!
A team from the Ecumenical Food Bank in Naugatuck visited the Connecticut Food Bank Member Programs Open House November 12.
Connecticut Food Bank Director of Community Engagement shows visiting member programs the features of the training room at our new distribution center. The room is used for volunteer orientation and training and is available for member programs and community groups to use as well.
Visiting member programs get a glimpse of one of the cold storage spaces in our new distribution center. The increased storage capacity allows the Connecticut Food Bank to source more food and more types of food that we can distribute to member programs feeding the hungry in communities we serve.
Member programs touring the main warehouse space in our new Wallingford distribution center. Note the future community leader in the stroller at right!
Representatives of member programs get a tour of the new Connecticut Food Bank distribution center in Wallingford on November 12. Connecticut Food Bank Member Services Coordinator Anna Petsching, right, was one of the several Connecticut Food Bank staff who welcomed member programs.
Representatives of Connecticut Food Bank member programs enjoying refreshments generously provided by Stop & Shop for our member programs open house on November 12.
Representatives of member programs enjoying refreshments generously provided by Stop & Shop at the open house on November 12. At right in the jacket is Connecticut Food Bank Procurement Coordinator Linda Hutchings, who helps to source the food we distribute to more than 300,000 hungry people in Connecticut through some 700 partners and programs.