Two partnerships that have made this past month so successful
are the ones we hold with Midwest Food Bank New England and
Connecticut Food Share.
In December 2020, Midwest Food Bank announced the opening of a
distribution center in Manchester Connecticut. Midwest Foodbank
operates differently than some pantries or food distributors.
Individuals do not come to Midwest to get food, but rather partnering
agencies such as Cornerstone, schedule monthly food pickups. We
then distribute the food we get to the people we serve. During the
month of January 2023 we picked up 3,069 lbs. of food.
We also partner with Connecticut Foodshare in 2 ways. Every other
Thursday we sponsor the Mobile Pantry in the parking lot of ST.
Bernards church. We are there between 10:15 – 10:45 and serve
approximately 75 families per visit.
We also place orders throughout the month with Foodshare via online
ordering and receive a variety of meats, produce and other items we
then use to service the many who visit our Community Kitchen. During
the month of January 2023, we received 1,934 lbs. of food.
We recognize our need for the partnerships we have and are so very
appreciative of them all – volunteers, Midwest and Foodshare just to
name a few.
Community Kitchen Administrator