Do you know where your next meal is coming from? Nearly half a million Connecticut residents cannot answer yes to that question. In fact, according to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 73% of food bank clients in Connecticut had to choose between food or utilities, 63% had to choose between food or rent, and 68% had to choose between food or medical care. According to James Arena-DeRosa, President and CEO of Foodshare, “Many people don’t realize how far even the smallest donation goes toward helping those in need.” This is why as part of the Connecticut Honda Dealers, Hoffman Honda and 10 other local dealers have partnered with Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank for the Second Annual Honda Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive this November 7 through December 12. For information on how you can get involved in donating, please read until the end of the post.
When hunger stops, so will we
Foodshare is Greater Hartford’s regional food bank, which helps feed Greater Hartford residents with increased access to healthy food. Last year, Foodshare distributed enough food for 11.5 million meals to help feed the 137,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties, the majority being children or seniors, who are at risk. Foodshare’s goal is to build a stronger and healthier Greater Hartford by advocating on behalf of those they serve to help stabilize lives.
Foodshare Hunger Action Teams (HATs) have been working for almost a decade to fight hunger in Connecticut by bringing together key players to solve hunger in local communities. Since 2012, programs providing summer meals to children in need have trended downward. Through early promotion and collaborations with partners like End Hunger Connecticut (EHC!) and the State Department of Education, meals for children in HATs communities have increased by 22%, despite the overall downward trends. Programs like HATs prove that when communities work together they do make a difference!
Thanksgiving is a holiday for everyone
This holiday season, Foodshare’s goal is to bring thousands of Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the Greater Hartford area. Hoffman Honda is partnering with Foodshare for the Honda Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive for the second year in a row. “After the success of last year’s food drive, the decision to seek donations again this year was simple,” said Matthew Hoffman, Vice President of Hoffman Auto Group and President of the Connecticut Honda Dealers. “The holiday season provides a great opportunity for all of us to work together, and to help our fellow neighbors in need by putting food on their tables.”
Last year’s food drive resulted in the collection of nearly 2,000 pounds of food- approximately 6,000-plus food items in total, thanks to the collaborative efforts of several Honda dealers in Connecticut, as well as the generous members of our community. “We are truly grateful for the efforts of the Connecticut Honda Dealers in helping put together this food and fund drive,” said James Arena-DeRosa, President and CEO of Foodshare. “A gift of $30 can provide up to 75 meals for our hungry neighbors. We know the spirit of giving will shine bright throughout the state this holiday season.”
Collaborate with us to make a difference
Beginning November 7, Hoffman Honda, in partnership with customers and the local community, will fill a Honda CR-V with nonperishable food items for the Honda Against Hunger Campaign. Bring your donations to Hoffman Honda, located at 40 Albany Turnpike on the Avon/Canton line on or before December 12. All donations will go to Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank to aid in their mission to end hunger.
We are providing additional drop off locations for your convenience and we will deliver all items to Hoffman Honda on December 12:
Hoffman Ford Lincoln, 600 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford (ask for the Marketing Department)
Hoffman BMW of Watertown, 699 Straits Tpk, Watertown (speak to receptionist)
Hoffman Audi of New London, 490 Broad Street, New London (ask for Joe Thomas)
This year, Hoffman Honda has also partnered with the Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council and Goodwin College for the food drive! We love our community partners! Collaboratively, we make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our friends, family and neighbors.