Ending Hunger Through Community Involvement
The Vernon Hunger Action Team (HAT) brings together local government, schools, faith groups, businesses, nonprofit service providers and concerned residents to eliminate the problem of hunger in our community.
We collaborate to maximize available resources and work to identify any gaps in service. Our goal is to provide workable solutions to ensure that no Vernon resident goes hungry.
Cornerstone Soup Kitchen
State of the State:
Hunger in CT
State, Empty Plates
Symposium on Hunger in Connecticut
Educators, Innovators, Experts
Room at the Table
mission is to end hunger in Connecticut through legislative and
administrative advocacy, outreach and public education.
statewide anti-hunger and food security organization, we work in
partnership with food security organizations, legislators, coalitions
and advocacy groups to increase access to federal nutrition programs in
action and affect change!
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Tri-Town Food Pantry
29 Naek Road, Suite 5C
Administration & Pantry: (860)
872-7727 • Fax (860) 870-6644
Transportation: (860) 870-7940
Food Pantry Hours (Effective August 1,
9 -12 Tuesday 10-1 Wednesday 9-1 and 4-6:30 Thursday 9-1 Friday 9-12
Closed Saturday and Sunday
for our clients:
Food is distributed on a first come,
first served basis and will be distributed as equitably as possible
based on the items on hand and the size of the family.
be eligible to receive food from the Pantry, you must live in Vernon,
Tolland, Ellington, Coventry or South Windsor and meet income
requirements. To determine if you meet eligibility requirements, please
call 860-872-9825 and ask to speak to a case manager. The case manager
will set up an intake meeting with you to determine your eligibility.
Please bring the following items with
you to your intake meeting:
Proof of address (utility bill,
Proof of income of all household
Social Security cards for all
You may obtain food from the pantry
once every 30 days. In addition, you may obtain limited, additional food
support (e.g., produce, bread, pasta, soup, etc.) once a week in the
other three weeks of the month. You must bring your own bags to the
Pantry to carry out your food.
Cornerstone Soup Kitchen
15 Prospect Street
is Monday – Sunday at 11:30AM
is Monday – Friday at 5:00PM
Foodshare delivers fresh produce every
other week on Thursday
10:15 am to 10:45 am at the Cornerstone
parking lot off of Cottage Street. (Winter
location, St. Bernard Parking lot)
11:15 am to 11:45 am at Park West
Apartments off Terrace Ave.
Inglesia Fuente de Salvacion
Misionera de Rockville
The pantry is open every other
Wednesday 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Information is Available at www.1vernon.org
Everyone knows the good feeling
we receive when we help others.
When you decide to help, wouldn't you like to know that your donation
helps as much as possible?
What type of donations are most
What does $30 purchase for a
(Two pictures of food, one bought retail, one bought
What time of the year are people most hungry?
Which day are they most hungry?
(365 days per year!)
helps provide more food; Food Drive or Fund Drive?
Foodshare serves 300 different programs in Hartford and Tolland counties, including many
pantries, community kitchens and other programs in our area. We distribute 16 tons of food each
day by securing truckload sized donations directly from the food industry. To keep this huge
volume of food flowing to our partner agencies we ask our donors to consider a fund drive, rather
than a food drive. There are a few good reasons for this.
Food drives may raise awareness of hunger, but they can never be a
solution. The largest drive would not collect enough food to distribute
even one day’s worth of food to every program we serve. Also, the
donor pays top dollar for the food at retail prices, where we can work
directly with the food industry to turn a $30 donation into a month’s
worth of food for a hungry person. When this is communicated to the
public, donors understand and are more willing to see their dollars used
in the wisest possible way.
It’s important to know that Foodshare is highly efficient. For every
donation we receive, 95%directly supports our work to end hunger, with
only 5% covering administrative and fundraising costs!
If a food drive still feels like the way you wish to go, we recommend partnering directly with an
agency in your neighborhood and Foodshare can help you to locate one. Individual agencies
benefit more from local food collection efforts, where a lot of transportation costs are avoided that
We offer ½ hour lunch time tours of our Bloomfield facility.
If you are interested, we welcome you to arrange a visit!
Sarah M Santora
Community Involvement Coordinator
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Ending Hunger Through Community
Let's can the food drives
Giving canned food is far less efficient than donating
money to charities that serve the hungry.
18, 2011|By John Arnold
and Katherina M. Rosqueta
The holiday season is here. And in the spirit of the
season, millions of people will donate food to food drives. Much of that
food will be lovingly packed into boxes and baskets to be distributed to
needy families. And just as in years past, such well-intentioned food
donations will needlessly leave millions of people hungry. Here's why.
In the traditional food drive/standardized food box approach, donors are
asked to go to the store and buy food or to donate food from their
cupboards. It's then dropped into a collection barrel, or piled around a
Christmas tree, or put on the altar of their churches, etc.
For every $10 spent that way, $10 worth of food goes into the charity
food distribution system. But if the receiving charity food agency packs
and gives out the food in standardized boxes, research has shown that as
much as half of the food may not get used. This is not because the
receiving family wasn't needy but because the food is either something
they can't use or don't know how to use.
So that $10 gift may end up providing only $5 worth of actual hunger
relief. What's more, because donations to food drives are nearly
impossible to document for tax deductions, the donor bears the full cost
of the $10 donation for what amounts to $5 worth of food used.
By contrast, suppose the
donor gave money — not food — to a charity serving the hungry. Three
things can happen. First, instead of going to the store to buy food, the
charity takes the donated funds to its area's food ba. There, for every
dollar a donor would have spent to buy cans of food, the charity could
draw about $20 worth of food. That's because food banks serve as
nonprofit, wholesale-like clearinghouses for the food industry's surplus
food, charging only a nominal handling fee for food drawn by charity
agencies. So a $10 donation ends up leveraging as much as $200 worth of
food for the charity to distribute.
Second, instead of packing the food into standardized boxes, the
charity can display it in a store-like fashion and permit needy families
to choose what they like. That practice, called "client
choice," eliminates the problem of needy families being given food
they cannot use.
Finally, if donors claim a charitable-gifts tax deduction, the
after-tax cost to them in giving $10 could drop to as low as $7.50.
Thus, by promoting fund drives instead of food drives, community members
can drop the cost of addressing their area's hunger problem 25% simply
by taking maximum advantage of available tax benefits.
The bottom line is that for the same amount of money spent on buying
cans for a food drive, donors can feed 20 times more families by
providing cash, not cans.
But wait, some argue: Our
community food drive engages church members or schoolchildren in a way
that writing a check or giving cash simply doesn't. To which we'd argue:
Now is the time to match traditions with impact by demonstrating
something that need not be in short supply — creativity! Instead of a
canned food drive, have members of your congregation wash out cans used
in making a meal, put their donations in the cans and bring them up to
the altar. Have schoolchildren volunteer to put the food their financial
donations have bought onto the shelves of the local food pantry. Given
the amount of food the same amount of money could provide, it might
require the whole school to stock the charity's shelves.
In September, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture released its annual report on household food
security. What it shows is that 48.8 million Americans lived in
food-insecure households in 2010 — households that struggle to feed
In the true spirit of the season, if you really want to help such
vulnerable families, go to your local food bank (or to http://www.feedingamerica.org
to find one near you). Then take the money you would have used to buy
cans for food drives and donate it to that local pantry. Fewer families
will go hungry.
John Arnold is the former executive director of Feeding America West
Michigan Food Bank, which has distributed 300 million pounds of food aid
since 1989. http://www.FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org
Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the
Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania's
School of Social Policy & Practice. The center identifies strategies
for donors to get the biggest bang for their buck. http://www.impact.upenn.edu
Canned food drives are a shocking
waste of resources
Forget the canned goods - donate money!
Once you think about it for a minute, a canned food drive is silly.
Charities can buy food in bulk, often at an extra discount because they
are charities. How much do you think a food drive would pay per can of
tuna fish when they buy it by the pallet, versus the price you pay at
The very idea of collecting cans of food, then employing the person
power to sort, pack, transport and distribute them out to the poor, is
ridiculous. It's a colossal waste of time, energy and funds. And yet we
go through this pantomime every year, particularly in the wake of
disasters and in the lead-up to the holiday season.
In fact, Slate's Matthew Yglesias has crunched the numbers. "You
would be doing dramatically more good […] by eating that can of tuna
yourself and forking over a check for half the price of a single can of
Chicken of the Sea."
Now granted, many of us get roped into canned food drives at work, where
there is social pressure to donate. No one wants to look like a stingy
jerk. Go ahead and drop a few cans in there if you feel that you need to
in order to save face with your coworkers.
But as a rule, canned food drives should be abolished. The inefficiency
alone is devastating. But worse, participating in a canned food drive
makes people feel like they have their charity bases covered. "Why
donate money? I left two cans of pumpkin puree in the box at
Cash is the most efficient way to donate to a charity. Every charity can
put your money to good use. Better use, in most cases, than you could
yourself. It doesn't require a whole bevy of volunteers and trucks to
handle your check, and it's a lot easier than scooping through your
pantry for a bunch of almost-expired canned garbanzo beans that no one's
going to want to eat anyway.
Financial donations - even a few dollars at a time - also can be put to
a much wider variety of uses. They can cover fuel costs for delivery
trucks, help keep the lights on in the warehouse, and provide all sorts
of other assistance (like help with electricity and phone bills) for the
people the charity is helping.
This year, skip the canned food drive: just give them a few bucks,
- See more at: http://360blog.net/article/forget-canned-goods-donate-money#sthash.HPYlYIu3.dpuf
Canned food drives are a shocking waste of resources
In fact, Slate's
Matthew Yglesias has crunched the numbers. "You
would be doing dramatically more good […] by eating that can of tuna
yourself and forking over a check for half the price of
a single can of Chicken of the Sea."
Now granted, many of us get roped into canned food
drives at work, where there is social pressure to donate. No one wants
to look like a stingy jerk. Go ahead and drop a few cans in there if you feel
that you need to in order to save face with your coworkers.
But as a rule, canned food drives should be abolished.
The inefficiency alone is devastating. But worse, participating in a
canned food drive makes people feel like they have their charity bases covered.
"Why donate money? I left two cans of pumpkin puree in the box at
Cash is the most efficient way to donate to a charity.
Every charity can put your money to good use. Better use, in most cases,
than you c
First Bus Tour in Jan.
FREE Summer meals
Mobile Foodshare locations
Iglesia Fuente de Salvación Misionera de Rockville
Meals on Wheels Visiting
What is FOOD SECURITY?
Vernon HAT members
Church of the Nazarene
United Methodist Church
Public Schools Food Services
School Readiness Council
Youth Services Bureau
A BRIEF HISTORY
Mobile Foodshare first began in 2001 when
we recognized a need to efficiently distribute increasingly large
amounts of donated produce. The rapid delivery program uses
converted beverage trucks to bring perishable food items such as highly
nutritious fruits and vegetables to people in low income neighborhoods
who need it most. Sites are hosted by a Foodshare
partner and operated with help from a dedicated corps of volunteers.
We received an overwhelmingly positive
response from site coordinators and the community members being served.
The program grew quickly, expanding from one truck to two in 5
short years – one of the trucks even has refrigerated
compartments allowing us to provide dietary staples like meat, yogurts,
and other dairy items.
With more than sixty sites up and
running by 2011, the Mobile Foodshare program appeared to have reached
capacity. Always looking to be economical, we recruited the help of a
UPS Routing System to coordinate all of the daily routing of our
deliveries and pick-ups. This move created the potential for 20 new
Last year, Foodshare distributed
more than 3.5 million pounds of primarily produce through 1,367
distributions hosted by 62
Mobile Foodshare sites operating on an every-other week rotation.
Overall attendance increased by nearly 18%, with an average of 130
attendees each receiving 21 pounds of assistance per distribution. The
high-water mark was reached on Friday, August 24, 2012 when 1,333
attendees were served at six Mobile Foodshare sites visited by our two
vehicles – at St. Augustine alone, 428 individuals received
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The Mobile Foodshare program provides
easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables for both individuals and
families in need. While “need” is generally defined as having a
gross annual income at or below 235% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL),
registration is not required for the majority of sites. The occasional
exception includes sites which are located in census tracts indicating
the majority of residents do not meet this definition of “need.” In
these instances, the host organization conducts an annual “Snapshot
Screening” to determine eligibility.
THE FUTURE OF MOBILE FOODSHARE
Foodshare has focused on establishing
Mobile Foodshare sites in rural and suburban areas as research indicates
that the rate of poverty is increasing faster and the number of
bricks-and-mortar pantries are fewer there than in urban areas.
Foodshare added three new sites in Tolland County in 2011 (Andover,
Coventry, and Somers) and another three last year (Ellington,
Mansfield, and Tolland). The addition of these six sites served to
increase overall Mobile attendance in Tolland County by 65% as compared
to 2010. Last year Foodshare also established new sites in East Windsor,
Rocky Hill, South Windsor, Suffield, and West Hartford.
Foodshare has seen a 46% increase in
the amount of healthy, nutritious food distributed through the program.
Many sites even hand out recipe
cards offering ways to prepare product provided through the program.
While these efforts are helping to fill
the gap for those in need, Foodshare is still focused on
collaboration with site hosts to connect attendees with other available
programs like SNAP, WIC, and HUSKY. Over the next 3-5 years, we hope to
increase the number of sites offering SNAP
outreach services. We’re also interested in expanding the program
to include sites in towns where Foodshare does not currently have a
community partner – Berlin, Bolton, Columbia, Hartland and Union.
Do you know of an organization in an underserved neighborhood, with the
resources – space and volunteers – to host a Mobile Foodshare site?
Help us grow this successful program by contacting George
Lombardo at 860-286-9999.
Below is a list of towns served by Mobile
Foodshare. Click on the town where you live to find the nearest
distribution site, along with dates and times that food is given out.
Please remember to bring a bag or box with you to carry your food.
Newcomers may be asked to complete a brief form verifying income and
need for assistance.
Mobile Foodshare is an outdoor food distribution for persons of low
income. The food choices vary from week to week but usually include
bread and several types of fresh produce. Other items may also be
offered depending on availability. Check out our healthy
recipes utilizing produce offered at our Mobile Foodshare sites.
If you have any questions please call Foodshare at 860-286-9999.
Greater Vernon area schedule:
Vernon and Rockville
February 14, 28
March 14, 28
April 11, 25
May 9, 23
June 6, 20
August 1, 15, 29
September 12, 26
October 10, 24
November 7, 21
December 5, 19
Foundation - Every
other Thursday 10:15 - 10:45
3 Prospect Street (Map
Entrance at 6 Cottage Street
Location at St. Bernard Church parking lot (Map
St. Bernard's Terrace
Park West Apartments -
Every other Thursday 11:15 - 11:45
178 Terrace Drive (Map
Tolland & Ellington
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
September 5, 19
October 3, 17, 31
December 12, 26
United Congregational Church of
Tolland - Every other Thursday 9:00
45 Tolland Green (Map
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints - Every other Thursday
10:00 - 10:30
2 Maple Street (Map
Greater Hartford Area Mobile Foodshare locations, click here.
Feeding the Hungry, Clothing the
Naked, Sheltering the Homeless (Isaiah 58:6-7)
Cornerstone Soup Kitchen at
15 Prospect Street, Rockville, CT
Friday Lunch at 11:30
am, Dinner at 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Lunch at 11:30 am
Valley Community Council
HVCC Basic Needs program provides
assistance to individuals and families in a manner which promotes
independence while assuring basic needs are met in a dignified manner,
regardless of ability to pay, to prevent hunger and homelessness.
- Food, fresh produce, and bread items are available at the Food
Pantry based on family size.
- Before- and after-school children's snack program.
- Workshops on topics to improve quality of life for low income
- Referrals to energy assistance programs.
- Food, clothing and household items provided to victims of fire or
abuse to set up new households.
The HVCC Food Pantry is an
emergency food source for residents of Vernon, Tolland, and Ellington,
South Windsor and Coventry. The food is free to individuals who meet
income and residency requirements. The Pantry is located at 29 Naek
Road, Suite 5C
Food Pantry Hours
Tuesday 10-1 and 5-7
Wednesday 9-1 and 4-6
Closed Saturday and Sunday
The HVCC Food Pantry helps families and individuals in the Vernon,
Ellington, and the Tolland, South Windsor and Coventry area by
providing food assistance. Food drives are a major source of the
contributions that fill the shelves of the Pantry. We are most grateful
to the many individuals, schools, businesses, and religious and civic
organizations that participate in food drives to support the Pantry. We
also always welcome donations of food from individuals and families who
understand the importance of helping their neighbors.
The HVCC Pantry is always in need of the following:
Non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna,
pasta and sauce, cereal, boxes of macaroni and cheese, canned spaghetti
or ravioli, canned or dry soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit.
Beverages, including juice boxes, bottled juice, and dry or powdered
Household items and toiletries, such as toilet paper, paper towels,
plastic wrap, soap, toothpaste, and shampoo.
Please note that donations should be in cans, boxes, plastic
containers, or other sealed packages. We also ask that you check the
expiration date of your donations. We cannot accept any items past their
Donations may be brought to the HVCC Pantry (at 29 Naek Road in
Vernon) during its normal hours. If the Pantry is closed, you may bring
items to the Administrative office which is located behind the Pantry.
The normal office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
and Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
If you wish to find out how you can hold a food drive, call us at
No donation is too small and all donations are greatly appreciated!
Information for our clients:
- Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis and will
be distributed as equitably as possible based on the items on hand
and the size of the family.
- To be eligible to receive food from the Pantry, you must live in
Vernon, Tolland, or Ellington and meet income requirements.
- To determine if you meet eligibility requirements, please call 860-872-9825
and ask to speak to a case manager. The case manager will set up an
intake meeting with you to determine your eligibility.
- Please bring the following items with you to your intake meeting:
- Proof of address (utility bill, state-issued ID)
- Proof of income of all household members
- Social Security cards for all household members
- Photo ID
- You may obtain food from the pantry once every 30 days. In
addition, you may obtain limited, additional food support (e.g.,
produce, bread, pasta, soup, etc.) once a week in the other three
weeks of the month.
- You must bring your own bags to the Pantry to carry out your food.
Fuente de Salvación Misionera de Rockville
Food Pantry; open every other Wednesday, 9 am - 1 pm
La Iglesia Fuente de
Salvacion Misionera Inc. M.I. junto a sus Pastores Jose Y Enid DeJesus
les da una bienvenida a nuestra pagina, en la cual creemos que le sera
de bendición atraves
de nuestros recursos y herramientas que proveemos en la misma.
Iglesia esta ubicada en 116
Union Street en Rockville, CT 06066.
Nuestro numero telefonico es (860).872.8461. Les pedimos que se unan a
nosotros en adoración y en un mismo Espiritu, para asi exaltar
al Dios altisimo, y ofrecerle lo mejor de nuestra adoración atraves de
What is Meals on Wheels?
A program designed to meet the dietary needs of
individuals whose physical, emotional or social conditions handicap
their ability to obtain or prepare meals for themselves. Meals on Wheels
volunteers deliver one hot meal and one cold meal directly to your home
five days a week, including holidays.
Visiting Nurse & Health Services of
Connecticut’s meals are prepared by CW Resources of New Britain, CT.
Should your physician recommend a special diet (such as diabetic, low
salt, renal, or any diet specific to your individual needs) you can
still enjoy Meals on Wheels.
Services can begin as soon as 24 hours after
your initial call. Weekend meals are available to be delivered on
Available to Residents of:
- East Hartford
- East Windsor
- North Windham
- South Windsor
To begin receiving Meals on Wheels, please call
(860) 872-9163, ext. 2367.
Visiting Nurse & Health Services of
8 Keynote Drive - Vernon, Connecticut 06066
Lake Community Food Pantry-Community United Methodist
Provides a food pantry. Serves Resident
of Ellington, Stafford. Documentation Required: Proof of income, Proof
of expenses (rent, telephone and utility bill statements), Proof of
Food Pantry hours: Monday: 11am-12pm * Important: Please
call to confirm that the hours.
Donations And Volunteers
Please contact us directly by phone to
donate and/or volunteer.
Ellington, CT 06029
Insecurity: Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally
adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire
acceptable food sin socially acceptable ways.
Hardship: lack of money to purchase food
held on Monday, March 14, 2011
Do you have neighbors who don’t know
where to get their next meal? Are kids coming to school hungry? Come to
this forum to listen, learn and participate
in finding solutions. Programs exist, federal dollars are
available but are we as a community doing everything we can to make
Vernon hunger free?
- Vernon Community Network
- End Hunger Connecticut!
- Rockville Church of the Nazarene
47 East Street – Rockville, CT
click picture above to see
14-2011-Hunger in Vernon-PowerPoint
This PowerPoint presentation was
created by Sarah Santora of Foodshare with input from
Dawn Crayco of End Hunger CT! and Monica Pacheco from Vernon Public
Following this 30-minute
presentation, a panel discussion was held to answer questions
and solicit input for improving the resources within the community.
Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women,
other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age
six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their
diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. It provides food and
administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.
Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
FDPIR is a
Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households,
including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native
American families residing in designated areas near reservations.
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to States. States provide the food to local agencies that they have
selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup
kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public
and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the
quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income
families. Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals and
snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to
74,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers.
CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in
homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in
eligible afterschool care programs.
Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
Fruit and Vegetable Program provides free fresh fruits and vegetables in
selected low-income elementary schools nationwide. The purpose of the
Program is to increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable
consumption and at the same time combat childhood obesity by improving
children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact
their present and future health.
School Lunch Program (NSLP)
districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch
program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the USDA for
each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet
Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price lunches
to eligible children. School food authorities can also be reimbursed for
snacks served to children through age 18 in afterschool educational or
Breakfast Program (SBP)
Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School
Lunch Program. School districts and independent schools that choose to
take part in the breakfast program receive cash subsidies from the USDA
for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve breakfasts that
meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price
breakfasts to eligible children.
Milk Program (SMP)
schools and institutions receive reimbursement from the USDA for each
half pint of milk served. They must operate their milk programs on a
non-profit basis. They agree to use the Federal reimbursement to reduce
the selling price of milk to all children.
Food Service Program (SFSP)
is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who
want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program.
Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer. During
the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National
School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when
school ends for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program helps fill
the hunger gap.
SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp
Program) puts healthy food within reach for 28 million people each
month via an EBT card used to purchase food at most grocery stores.
Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make
healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition
Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC
Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants,
& children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing
nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating,
and referrals to health care.
Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides fresh, unprepared,
locally grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers' markets to
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) recipients
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program awards grants to States, United
States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments
to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for
eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community
supported agriculture programs.
Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996
The Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Pub.L.
104–210, 110 Stat. 3011,
enacted October 1, 1996) was created to encourage food donation to
nonprofits by minimizing liability, in accordance with the Model Good
Samaritan Food Donation Act. Signed into law by President Bill
Clinton, this law, named after Rep. Bill
Emerson (who encouraged the proposal but died before it was passed),
makes it easier to donate food by allowing donor liability only in cases
Though a helpful and visionary law, little has been done to promote
or implement the law and generally it has languished in obscurity.
P.L. 104-210 (October 1, 1996) was
named in honor of the late Congressman who was a champion of efforts to
expand food donations to the poor and to protect those who make
donations. It converts the Model Good Samaritan Food Donation Act to
permanent law and incorporates it into the Child Nutrition Act of 1966
(section 22). Good Samaritan laws are designed to encourage the donation
of food and groceries to nonprofit charitable agencies by minimizing the
risks of legal actions against donors and distributors of foods. The
1996 amendments exclude from civil or criminal liability a person or
nonprofit food organization that, in good faith, donates or distributes
donated foods for food relief. The new law does not supersede state or
local health regulations and its protections do not apply to an injury
or death due to gross neglect or intentional misconduct.
Millions of pound of food and groceries
go to waste each year. To encourage companies and organizations to
donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste, they are protected
from criminal and civil liability under the Good Samaritan Food Donation
The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan
Food Donation Act
On October 1, 1996, President Clinton
signed this act to encourage donation of food and grocery products to
non-profit organizations for distribution to individuals in need.
* Protects you from liability
when you donate to a non-profit organization;
* Protects you from civil and
criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause
harm to the recipient;
* Standardizes donor liability
exposure. You or your legal counsel do not need to investigate liability
laws in 50 states; and
* Sets a floor of "gross
negligence" or intentional misconduct for persons who donate
grocery products. According to the new law, gross negligence is defined
as "voluntary and conscious conduct by a person with knowledge (at
the time of conduct) that the conduct is likely to be harmful to the
health or well-being of another person."
The text of the bill itself follows:
The Bill Emerson Food Donation
One Hundred Fourth Congress of
the United States of America
At the Second Session
Begun and held at the City of
Washington on Wednesday, the third day of January, one thousand nine
hundred and ninety-six.
To encourage the donation of food and
grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy
individuals by giving the Model Good Samaritan Food Donation Act the
full force and effect of law.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House
of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress
Section 1. CONVERSION TO PERMANENT LAW
OD MODEL GOOD SAMARITAN FOOD DONATION ACT AND TRANSFER OF THAT ACT TO
CHILD NUTRITION ACT OF 1966.
(a) Conversion to Permanent Law.
-- Title IV of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 is amended
1. by striking the
title heading and sections 401 and 403 (42 U.S.C. 12671 and 12673); and
2. in section 402
(42 U.S.C. 12672) --
(A) in the section heading, by
striking "model" and inserting "bill emerson"
(B) in subsection (a), by
striking "Good Samaritan" and inserting "Bill Emerson
(C) in subsection (b)(7), to
read as follows:
"(7) GROSS NEGLIGENCE. --
The term 'gross negligence' means voluntary and conscious conduct
(including a failure to act) by a person who, at the time of the
conduct, knew that the conduct was likely to be harmful to the health or
well-being of another person.";
(D) by striking subsection (c)
and inserting the following:
"(c) LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES
FROM DONATED FOOD AND GROCERY PRODUCTS.
"(1) LIABILITY OF PERSON OR
GLEANER. -- A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or
criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition
of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that
the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a nonprofit organization
for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.
"(2) LIABILITY OF NONPROFIT
ORGANIZATION. -- A nonprofit organization shall not be subject to civil
or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or
condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery
product that the nonprofit organization received as a donation in good
faith from a person or gleaner for ultimate distribution to needy
"(3) EXCEPTION. --
Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to an injury to or death of an
ultimate user or recipient of the food or grocery product that results
from an act or omission of the person, gleaner or nonprofit
organization, as applicable, constituting gross negligence or
intentional misconduct."; and
(E) in subsection (f), by adding
at the end the following: "Nothing in this section shall be
construed to supersede State or local health regulations.".
(b) TRANSFER TO CHILD NUTRITION
ACT OF 1966. -- Section 402 of the National and Community Service Act of
1990 (42 U.S.C. 12762) (as amended by subsection (a))
1. is transferred
from the National and Community Service Act of 1990 to the Child
Nutrition Act of 1966;
2. is redesignated
as section 22 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; and
3. is added at the
end of such Act.
(c) CONFORMING AMENDMENT. -- The
table of contents for the National and Community Service Act of 1990 is
amended by striking the items relating to title IV.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
President of the Senate Pro Tempore
William J. Clinton
President of the United States
42 USC § 1791 - Bill Emerson Good
Samaritan Food Donation Act
This section may be cited as the
“Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act”.
As used in this section:
Apparently fit grocery product
The term “apparently fit grocery
product” means a grocery product that meets all quality and
labeling standards imposed by Federal, State, and local laws and
regulations even though the product may not be readily marketable
due to appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other
Apparently wholesome food
The term “apparently wholesome
food” means food that meets all quality and labeling standards
imposed by Federal, State, and local laws and regulations even
though the food may not be readily marketable due to appearance,
age, freshness, grade, size, surplus, or other conditions.
The term “donate” means to give
without requiring anything of monetary value from the recipient,
except that the term shall include giving by a nonprofit
organization to another nonprofit organization, notwithstanding
that the donor organization has charged a nominal fee to the donee
organization, if the ultimate recipient or user is not required to
give anything of monetary value.
The term “food” means any raw,
cooked, processed, or prepared edible substance, ice, beverage, or
ingredient used or intended for use in whole or in part for human
The term “gleaner” means a
person who harvests for free distribution to the needy, or for
donation to a nonprofit organization for ultimate distribution to
the needy, an agricultural crop that has been donated by the
The term “grocery product” means
a nonfood grocery product, including a disposable paper or plastic
product, household cleaning product, laundry detergent, cleaning
product, or miscellaneous household item.
The term “gross negligence”
means voluntary and conscious conduct (including a failure to act)
by a person who, at the time of the conduct, knew that the conduct
was likely to be harmful to the health or well-being of another
The term “intentional
misconduct” means conduct by a person with knowledge (at the
time of the conduct) that the conduct is harmful to the health or
well-being of another person.
The term “nonprofit
organization” means an incorporated or unincorporated entity
is operating for religious, charitable, or
educational purposes; and
does not provide net earnings to, or operate
in any other manner that inures to the benefit of, any officer,
employee, or shareholder of the entity.
The term “person” means an
individual, corporation, partnership, organization, association,
or governmental entity, including a retail grocer, wholesaler,
hotel, motel, manufacturer, restaurant, caterer, farmer, and
nonprofit food distributor or hospital. In the case of a
corporation, partnership, organization, association, or
governmental entity, the term includes an officer, director,
partner, deacon, trustee, council member, or other elected or
appointed individual responsible for the governance of the entity.
Liability for damages from donated food and
Liability of person or gleaner
A person or gleaner shall not be
subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature,
age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an
apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates
in good faith to a nonprofit organization for ultimate
distribution to needy individuals.
Liability of nonprofit organization
A nonprofit organization shall not
be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature,
age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an
apparently fit grocery product that the nonprofit organization
received as a donation in good faith from a person or gleaner for
ultimate distribution to needy individuals.
Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not
apply to an injury to or death of an ultimate user or recipient of
the food or grocery product that results from an act or omission
of the person, gleaner, or nonprofit organization, as applicable,
constituting gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Collection or gleaning of donations
A person who allows the collection or
gleaning of donations on property owned or occupied by the person by
gleaners, or paid or unpaid representatives of a nonprofit
organization, for ultimate distribution to needy individuals shall
not be subject to civil or criminal liability that arises due to the
injury or death of the gleaner or representative, except that this
paragraph shall not apply to an injury or death that results from an
act or omission of the person constituting gross negligence or
If some or all of the donated food and
grocery products do not meet all quality and labeling standards
imposed by Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, the
person or gleaner who donates the food and grocery products shall
not be subject to civil or criminal liability in accordance with
this section if the nonprofit organization that receives the donated
food or grocery products—
is informed by the donor of the distressed or
defective condition of the donated food or grocery products;
agrees to recondition the donated food or
grocery products to comply with all the quality and labeling
standards prior to distribution; and
is knowledgeable of the standards to properly
recondition the donated food or grocery product.
This section shall not be construed to
create any liability. Nothing in this section shall be construed to
supercede State or local health regulations.
Food Funder Compass: Navigating Your Path to Impact
do I join or help start a Hunger Action Team (HAT)
A Hunger Action Team is a group of individuals and organizations working in collaboration to end hunger in a designated community. Members include individuals struggling with hunger, local businesses and food donors, town government, nonprofit organizations, the faith community, the school system, and concerned individuals.
They begin by asking “Why people are hungry in our town and what can we do to make it better?”
What are the obligations of a team member?
Team members meet on a regular basis, usually monthly, for one to two hours. They discuss issues and obstacles that keep people from getting the help they need. They determine steps to solve these issues and take on action steps to work on between meetings. Each member determines how much time they have to contribute aside from meetings and pick action steps based on their desire and ability. Team members typically do work outside of meetings from an average of one hour to ten hours per month.
What are some of the things HATS have done so far?
- Bloomfield HAT started a backpack program so kids could bring home food for the weekend and a
“grab & go” breakfast program.
- Vernon HAT helped to start two new Summer Meals programs for kids.
- Enfield HAT created the first Summer Meal program, called the Lunch Bunch, to provide meals for kids and later increased kids’
participation by also providing meals for parents.
- Farmington Valley HAT collaborated with the Community Farm of Simsbury to provide fresh produce to area food pantries.
Where are the Hunger Action Teams located?
Farmington Valley (Avon, Canton, Farmington and Simsbury)
New Teams forming in:
Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood
Hartford’s Northeast neighborhood
Stafford and Union
Willington and Mansfield
Further information please contact one of our Community Network Builders:
Beatrice Maslowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-286-9999, x180
Jim Palma at email@example.com
or 860-286-9999 x124