Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Dari Farms of Tolland Award $5,000 Grant to Foodshare of Bloomfield

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

HARTFORD, CT -- Foodshare, a regional food bank based in Bloomfield, Conn., recently received a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Dari Farms of Tolland to support Mobile Foodshare, the organization’s pantry-on-wheels program.

Mobile Foodshare’s pantry-on-wheels brings fresh produce and other food to neighbors in need at community sites throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. The program increases access to healthy food and nutrition throughout the region serving an average of 15,000 visitors each month.

“We are extremely grateful to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Dari Farms of Tolland for their support of this important program,” said Jason Jakubowski, President & CEO at Foodshare. “This grant will provide 12,500 meals worth of food to Mobile Foodshare clients struggling with hunger throughout Greater Hartford.”

About Foodshare
Foodshare is leading an informed, coordinated response to hunger in our community. Foodshare is the Feeding America food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 118,000 people struggle with hunger. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. Last year, Foodshare distributed more than 11 million meals worth of food to a network of nearly 300 local food pantries, meal programs, and Mobile Foodshare sites. And, because hunger is more than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger. Foodshare is changing what it means to be a food bank. For more information, visit www.foodshare.org

About Dari Farms
Dari Farms is the premier full-service Direct Store Delivery house for Southern New England, serving over 5,000 points of distribution between CT, MA, RI and Southern NH. While our roots are based in Ice Cream, we've evolved as a company to carry a broad line of convenience, grocery and foodservice products ranging from ice cream to beverages to salty snacks. In fact, our "tri-temp" logistics system allows for our sales rep and driver teams to order and merchandise frozen, refrigerated and room temperature products off the same truck on the same delivery.

About Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help Abuild healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 2018, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to 855 nonprofit organizations in the region.  Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $150 million in funds and resources throughout the four states.

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Contact:

Kim Winn
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation
603-315-4426
Kimberly_winn@harvardpilgrim.org

Website: www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation

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