Through the Grocery Purchasing Program (GPP), Connecticut Foodshare will purchase high-demand products by the tractor-trailer load and then resell them to your program, at cost, saving you time and money.
Many partner programs that have been purchasing at local retailers and membership clubs to keep their shelves stocked have been asking us to bring this program back. We heard you! Nearly 300 people responded to our recent food survey. We used your responses to create the list of foods for the Grocery Purchasing Program. Items will include cereal, rice, soup, shelf stable milk, canned fruit, mac and cheese, tuna, frozen chicken, frozen fish, and more. These products are available to the network at our cost; there is NO markup on this product.
When ordering food, items in the GPP will be clearly marked with GPP in the description, as shown in the image below. Your shopping cart summary will show the total amount due for GPP items placed in your cart.
If you use the Grocery Purchasing Program, please be sure that the Connecticut Foodshare invoices are getting e-mailed to your billing person so they can be paid within 30 days. If you need to update your account, please contact Codi Wayton at email@example.com.
If your program does not have funds to purchase food, please be sure the person who places your food orders does NOT order any products with GPP in the item number. The case cost of the item will also be clear. Partners can request that visibility of GPP food be turned off for their agency if they wish to avoid seeing the items and potentially adding them to their cart by mistake. If you wish to do this, email Sherry Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Foodshare CEO Jason Jakubowski and Chief Network and Program Officer Chris O’Rourke reviewed the Grocery Purchasing Program at our January 2023 Network Forum. Watch the video. Review the slides.
Read the February 10, 2023 message to partners regarding the fee structure beginning July 1.