EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTH) — Foodshare announced that it is extending its distribution operation at Rentschler Field in East Hartford until the end of August.
Over the past three months, Foodshare says it has provided food to approximately 100,000 households.
“We are grateful for our volunteers who continue to donate their time and to all of our donors who are helping us fund this very expensive distribution,” said Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO of Foodshare.
“We will keep this operation running five days per week through the end of August, but at some point beyond August, we are going to have to start scaling back. The Rentschler Field distribution was never intended to be permanent, which is why we are encouraging everyone who is in need of food to also visit one of our partner programs or one of our Mobile Foodshare sites in Hartford and Tolland counties,” continued Jakubowski.
Based on a recent survey, Foodshare estimates that “70% of visitors at the Rentschler Field food distribution said that no one in their household has ever gone to a food pantry or Mobile Foodshare site before COVID-19. Over 80% said they would be willing to go to other sites to get food.”
Jakubowski said, “We remain grateful to Governor Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz and the Capital Region Development Authority for allowing us to continue to use Rentschler Field.”
The Rentschler Field distribution center operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through noon. People are asked to use the Silver Lane entrance to the stadium for pickup and gates will close each day at noon.