We are very pleased to announce that on June 27, 2014, the Greenwich United Way awarded The Food Bank a $14,956 grant for the 2014/2015 fiscal year. The Promoting Self Sufficiency Panel in Community Investment Process that reviewed The Food Bank’s program and funding application noted the following:
“ ‘ Flexible, nimble, and innovative’ are ways the panel described the Food Bank’s operation. They were impressed with Food Bank’s ability to economize, to continuously make changes to allow for additional food storage, and to maintain strong and productive ties to local food retailers. The Panel also noted the decrease in corporate funding but was pleased to see that the Food Bank continues to hold successful fundraisers. The Greenwich United Way recognizes the critical nature of the Food Bank’s services, is proud of its partnership with the organization and is consistently impressed with the quantity and quality of assistance provided to our region’s hungry.”
At its Annual Meeting on May 21, 2014, Abilis presented Food Bank Executive Director Kate Lombardo with its "Outstanding Community Partner" award. In making the presentation, Amy Montimurro, Abilis's Director of Adult Services, remarked:
"It is my pleasure to present Kate Lombardo, Executive Director of The Food Bank in Stamford with the Outstanding Community Partner Award.
"The Food Bank has become lower Fairfield County’s primary hunger-relief organization. They provide food to more than 85 of the non-profit agencies and programs that serve low income people through bags of groceries and congregate meals. These include soup kitchens, food pantries, child care programs, homeless shelters, senior centers, domestic violence safe houses, rehabilitation programs and organizations like Abilis.
"For the past two years, individuals supported by Abilis’ residential supports have benefited from this invaluable organization that consistently ensures people we serve are provided nutritious food. This past year, our Thanksgiving celebrations were complete with all the fixings provided by The Food Bank. Abilis has saved upwards to 40% per year since utilizing their wonderful services.
"We are very grateful for Kate and our relationship with The Food Bank."
Thanks to a grant from the St. John's Community Foundation and a grant from Hitachi Capital America Corp., which was matched by The Hitachi Foundation, The Food Bank has totally redesigned the layout of its warehouse store to better facilitate shopping by its 86 member agencies and programs, and the storage of food.
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, United States Congressman James Himes and nine members of The Fairfield County Young Democrats Club volunteered at The Food Bank's warehouse store- sorting, inspecting and shelving donated food. The Club also had conducted a food drive at which over 350 pounds of food was donated. Congressman Himes addressed the group about the issue of hunger in this community. Mr. Himes remarks can be found at
The Food Bank is very pleased to announce that on June 30, 2014, the First County Bank Foundation presented it with a $15,000 grant. Pictured from left to right are Maria L. Sturges, CTFA and First County Bank Vice President, Gotrell Mclellan, First County Bank Assistant Vice President, Kate Lombardo, Food Bank Executive Director, Martin S. Cohen, Food Bank Assistant Executive Director, and David Van Buskirk, First County Bank Business Development Officer.
The grant is to help fund the cost of repaving The Food Bank's driveway/parking lot, which was damaged by the severe winter of 2013/2014.
It is with great pleasure that The Food Bank announces that on July 9, 2014, the Board of The Community Fund of Darien approved awarding The Food Bank a 2014-2015 grant in the amount of $20,000. The Community Fund of Darien's substantial yearly funding of The Food Bank has played a vital role in the success The Food Bank has achieved in combating hunger in this community. We are very grateful for its generous support of our mission.
On June 27, 2014, seven employees from Citigroup's Stamford office volunteered to remove food off The Food Bank's warehouse store shelves so that the food could be weighed as part of The Food Bank's annual audit. The Food Bank wishes to thank Citigroup, Inc. for its continuing support!
On May 8, 2014, approximately thirty employees of Keller Williams Prestige Properties' Stamford office volunteered at The Food Bank as part of their company’s community service “Red Day.” The volunteers, some of whom are pictured, helped prepare The Food Bank’s warehouse store for the installation of storage racking. The company's employees also conducted a food drive, raising over 6,000 pounds for The Food Bank.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Keller Williams Prestige Properties for supporting The Food Bank's mission to help those in need of emergency food.
On May 9, 2014, about 30 employees of XL Global Services, Inc. of Stamford, CT, volunteered at The Food Bank's warehouse store, putting inventory coding on pallets of food and emptying food from shelves so that storage racking could be installed at the facility. The Food Bank greatly appreciates the past four years of volunteer and financial support it has received from XL Global Services, Inc
In a span of 24 hours, Hunter Hayes preformed live throughout the east coast in an attempt to break The Guinness Book of World Records for performing 10 shows in 24 hours. Formally held by Flaming Lips, Hayes went beyond their 8 show record by preforming at ten different venues, including Stamford's Palace Theater.
The 22 year-old performer teamed with "Childrens' Hunger Ends Here" to raise awareness of child hunger in America. The Palace Theater collected cans for The Food Bank in exchange for tickets to Hunter Hayes' Friday night performance. A total of 950 pounds of food was gathered.
Thank you to Hunter Hayes, his staff and The Palace Theaters' staff for all of their hardwork. Congratulations Hunter for setting a new record while fighting hunger in America.
The Food Bank wants to thank The Girl Scouts of Connecticut and each individual girl scout who participated in the large food drive that took place from May 19 to June 6, 2014. Their hard work raised a total of 2,306 lbs. of food through food drives conducted simultaneously at thirteen Stamford schools. We also wish to thank Stamford Schools Superintendent Winifred Hamilton and the administration at each school for cooperating in this large undertaking.