Transforming Connecticut Food Pantries

The Connecticut Foodshare Institute for Hunger Research and Solutions provided grants to several partner agencies to help them reinvent and transform their services for neighbors. Read the report on the Transformation grants.

Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP)

SWAP is a stoplight nutrition ranking system designed to help promote healthy food choices at food banks and food pantries. SWAP ranks foods based on levels of saturated fat, sodium and added sugars because these nutrients are linked with increased risk of chronic diseases. SWAP aligns with the Healthy Eating Research Nutrition Guidelines for the Charitable Food System, and ranks food into three categories: Green (choose often), Yellow (choose sometimes), and Red (choose rarely).

Connecticut Foodshare ranks food in its inventory using SWAP, and dozens of food pantries across Connecticut are doing the same. We also have resources that help our partner programs to engage in conversations with donors about nutrition and the link between hunger and health to encourage more donations of healthy food choices.

Learn more about implementing SWAP:

SWAP Toolkit

Order SWAP Materials

Finding a SWAP Rank in Agency Express

Healthy Foods Donation List

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SNAP at Farmers Markets

SNAP/EBT is accepted at many Connecticut Farmers Markets, Farms, and Farm Stands! Help your clients learn how to use their benefits and find locations where cards are accepted here.

Healthy and Affordable Recipes

Share healthy and affordable recipes with your clients. Use the recipes from this searchable website