The second stop of my mini-tour last week was in Bloomfield, Connecticut, where Scott Henderson and I visited Foodshare foodbank to help fulfill the donation brought about by lots of Connecticut people engaging in the WeCanEndThis.com digital can drive. We were also privileged to see Darryl Ohrt, whose company Humongo played a big role in the success of WeCanEnd This.
As I’ve mentioned before, visiting foodbanks is always inspiring, especially when the leadership takes the time to visit with us, as Foodshare President and CEO, Gloria McAdam did. Here’s a bit of an interview I did with Gloria in which she describes the landscape of the issue of hunger in her area, plus the work of the foodbank.
It was a great trip in many ways: Traveling with my friend Scott Henderson; getting to see Tim Cipriano, passionate hunger fighter and Share Our Strength supporter, who also runs what might be the most progressive school lunch program in the nation for the New Haven School District; meeting great folks like Nancy Carrington, Gladys Alcedo and all the folks at CFB, and Gloria McAdam, Amanda Renna and all the folks at Foodshare; going to Wednesday evening’s Taste of the Nation New Haven event at Yale’s Woolsey Hall (wow!).
One of the most inspiring things about visiting foodbanks is meeting and talking with the people who make it happen every day for hunger in their communities. I try to get interviews with foodbank E.D./CEOs when I go out. Which brings me to the title of this post.
Nancy Carrington, who’s been with the Connecticut Food Bank for 26 years, was particularly articulate about the work of the food bank, hunger in her community and misplaced stereotypes of hungry people. She related a story about a single mom she’d met at a soup kitchen, who provides a great example for us of how hunger is affecting people in our own neighborhoods. The story starts right before the 3 minute mark in the video above.
Do you have any stories like this? I’d like to hear them.