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Governor Rell: State’s Care & Share Food Drive To Help Food Pantries Meet Need Statewide
State Employee Holiday Drive Delivers 3.8 tons of food, $23,588 in Cash

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Contact: (860) 524-7313
December 15, 2010

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that state employees collected 3.8 tons of food and $23,588 for the 27TH annual Governor’s Care and Share Holiday Food Drive to benefit Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank.

Connecticut state employees step up year after year to help those in need and I could not be prouder. Their generosity and kindness will ensure that those who need a hand this holiday season and beyond will have their needs met,” Governor Rell said. “This is a challenging time for so many families who continue to struggle financially and have turned to food pantries, many for the first time, for the basics.”

This year’s food drive also featured the second annual Care & Share charity volleyball tournament last month at the William O’Neill Armory. Several state agencies fielded 30 teams and raised $8,600 for the campaign.

Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare, the state’s two largest food pantries and distribution organizations, estimate that a $5 donation can feed five adults for a day and a $10 donation can serve two senior citizens for five days. Both organizations say they have seen an increase in the number of people asking for help, many of whom were relying on food pantries for the first time.

“We are eternally grateful to the state employees who help make a difference in the fight against hunger through the Governor’s Care & Share Program,” said Connecticut Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Nancy L. Carrington.  “Their compassion and generosity tremendously benefits the lives of the thousands of men, women and children who are served by our network of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.”

“State employees have demonstrated their generosity time after time, year after year, and we can’t thank them enough for their support of our work to end hunger,” said Foodshare President and CEO Gloria McAdam.  “Special thanks to Governor Jodi Rell, who has continued to tradition of the Governor’s Care and Share throughout her term as our state’s leader.”

For more information on Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank:

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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