Connecticut food pantry feeds hundreds during difficult holiday season

Holidays

A trunk full of donations comes in just as a truckload of them goes out.

“I think we really try to love on people when the come in and let them know everybody hits a tough spot sometimes,” said Joe DeAngelo, Pastor, Good News Christian Church. 

This is what Sunday sounds like at Pastor Joe DeAngelo’s church in Wallingford. He says they nourish the soul and body there.

More than 100 families rely on their food pantry every week.

“Your heart really goes out to families that are in need especially in our state with as much wealth as we have in Connecticut, but everybody can do their part,” said DeAngelo. 

They are all decked out for the holidays at the Good News Christian Church. Their food pantry is one of about 700 across the state that relies on the Connecticut Food Bank.

“People pitch in and donate. It’s a great spirit,” said Bernie Beaudreau, CT Food Bank. 

Even though this is the most generous time of year, the need spikes too. Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau says as it gets colder, people use more money to heat their homes and that can means less money for groceries.

“Hunger is a year round problem here in Connecticut. We need people to pay attention every month to this need,” said Beaudreau. 

It’s estimated half a million people in our state are food insecure. More than 100,000 are children.
and a dollar here goes a long way.

“Every dollar you contribute produces two meals. So we have a great efficiency in terms of the dollar donation,” said Beaudreau. 

That efficiency is not lost on DeAngelo. Even though he is filling his truck on a cold November morning, he’s warmed knowing all of this will get into the right hands.

“We’re able to help a lot of families. So they really appreciate what we can do for them,” said DeAngelo. 

Just one example of what the season is all about.

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