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A Spotlight on the Dedicated Volunteers Running Cornerstone Food Cupboard

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

The Cornerstone Food Cupboard is run entirely by volunteers. Currently there are 50

volunteers who handle the many tasks required to provide the food assistance for our

almost 600 families. Here are the major volunteer tasks at the Cupboard and the

names of those volunteers who lead that work.


Grocery Store Donated Food

Volunteers pick up meat, produce, bread, pastry, and refrigerated items from seven

grocery stores on Mondays and Fridays. Alan Sauer and his team picked up 29,456

pounds of donated food in November alone.


Another team of volunteers led by Brenda Sauer then processes the donations and

prepares bags of produce for distribution to our families.


Nonperishable Food Inventory

In a typical month we distribute over 10,000 nonperishable food items. This food comes

from a variety of sources such as Connecticut Foodshare, grocery stores, and

donations from individuals and organizations. Volunteer Bill Hallin monitors our

inventory to assure we have sufficient stock and determines what we need to order from

Connecticut Foodshare. He also leads a team that prepares 200-220 bags of

nonperishable food for our families each week.


Food Distribution

We distribute food assistance to our families on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Families

receive four bags of food: nonperishable items, frozen meat, bread/pastry, and

produce. Lee Hay is the leader of the Tuesday distribution team and Beth Jensen leads

the Saturday team.


Cupboard records and reporting

Volunteer Carol Hatch is responsible for maintaining our computer records of client

registration, food distribution, and donations received. This information allows us to

provide required monthly reports to Cornerstone and Connecticut Foodshare.



The Cornerstone Food Cupboard owes its success and impact to the unwavering dedication of our incredible volunteers. Without their selfless contributions, the Cupboard simply could not operate at the scale and efficiency that it does. The commitment of individuals like Alan Sauer, Brenda Sauer, Bill Hallin, Lee Hay, Beth Jensen, and Carol Hatch, along with the entire volunteer community, ensures that we can continue providing vital food assistance to nearly 600 families in need. Their efforts in grocery store pickups, processing donations, managing nonperishable food inventory, facilitating food distribution, and maintaining crucial records are the cornerstone of our mission. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every volunteer who plays a vital role in making a difference in the lives of our community members. If you are inspired to join this dedicated team, please consider volunteering with us by filling out our volunteer form today. Together, we can continue making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.



Lee Hay

Food Cupboard Director

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