BLOOMFIELD -- 40,000 pounds of food will be going to help families in need across our state.
“It’s going to actually translate to about 100,000 meals for people here in Hartford, and Tolland County," said Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO of Foodshare. "We couldn’t thank them enough for everything that they do for us.”
Goya Foods partnered with Stop and Shop to donate this food to Foodshare in Bloomfield.
“Any time we get a donation of this size it is really important to us over at foodshare," says Jakubowski. "40,000 pounds of food from Goya through Stop and Shop… it’s terrific.” And this food will be making a difference right away.
Paula Siebers - Food Strategy and Network Capacity Manager at Foodshare
"It will go into our online system, which our pantries and shelters and community kitchens all have access to," says Paula Siebers, Foodshare Food Strategy and Network Capacity Manager. "If they are picking up here today, they could be taking it back to their place and distributing it this afternoon.”
This donation is part of the first installment of 1.5 million pounds of food being raised over the course of six months that will go to Feeding America.
“There’s about one out of every eight people in Hartford and Tolland County that go hungry, one out of every six kids," says Jakubowski. "This donation is huge because its non perishable items, the cans that are in here, and the food that is in this truck will be out on people's tables by the end of this week.”
Goya Foods and Stop and Shop say they believe it is important to give back to the communities they serve. If you wan to get involved you can visit the Foodshare website here.