NEW BRITAIN â€“ The American Savings Foundationâ€™s board of directors recently announced a $60,000 grant to Bloomfield-based Foodshare for the upcoming fiscal year to respond to increased need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, Foodshare delivers over a million pounds of food to New Britain families through its mobile pantry and partner agencies including ASF. ASFâ€™s current grant is a 50% increase over the prior year and will support the program during a time of growing need and rising costs for delivery of the food.
â€śSince 1999, the American Savings Foundation has awarded a total of $70,000 for food delivery in New Britain and surrounding towns,â€ť said Jason Jakuboswki, president and CEO of Foodshare. â€śTheir leadership has been key in helping us establish and maintain a system that was ready to respond to the dramatic increase in need, especially in this time of crisis.â€ť
Foodshareâ€™s â€śpantry on wheelsâ€ť delivers fresh produce and meat to individuals in New Britain at several New Britain Housing Authority sites and senior apartment complexes, as well as at the YMCA of New Britain. Residents are served by the mobile pantry 12 times a month, year-round, and each site can serve over 100 people in about an hour. The mobile pantry also serves surrounding towns.
In addition, Foodshare delivers to 26 partner agencies and pantries throughout the city including the Osgood Resource Center, Community Mental Health Affiliates, Farrell Treatment Center, the Friendship Service Center and several church pantries and community kitchens. Local pantries can access food at much lower cost than buying directly by partnering with Foodshare. And on top of still supplying food during the COVID-19 pandemic, Foodshare has waived all fees for these local agencies, further reducing the expense for the local community.
â€śThe COVID-19 health crisis and the economic crisis that came along with it, has had a profound impact on hardworking families, and dramatically compounded the problem of food insecurity,â€ť said Maria Falvo, president and CEO of the American Savings Foundation. â€śFoodshare has mobilized an unprecedented response to that need, and we are proud to continue our support.â€ť
ASF is also a member of the New Britain Hunger Action Team, which Foodshare organizes. This community collaboration works together to improve food access and availability to all New Britain residents. The Collaboration assisted in the creation of two new pantries in New Britain, one on Arch Street and one on Osgood Ave. The New Britain Hunger Action Team also supports the school systemâ€™s summer meals program and manages the â€śMeals and Moreâ€ť calendar which lists the dates, times and locations of food pantries and soup kitchens.