Food Distribution at Rentschler Field Continues Through May

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Now in its third week distributing food to the community through a drive-thru distribution model, Foodshare has decided to extend its operation at Rentschler Field in East Hartford until the end of May.  As the lines continue to grow, on average Foodshare provides food to approximately 1200 households per day.

“With no decline in attendance, we have made the decision to keep our emergency food distribution running through the month of May,” said Jason Jakubowski, President and CEO of Foodshare. “The financial support from our corporate and community partners plus an incredible group of volunteers is what is allowing us to continue this work. We also remain grateful to Governor Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz and the Capital Region Development Authority for allowing us to continue to use Rentschler Field.”

Based on a recent survey, Foodshare estimates that approximately 70% of those served at the drive-thru food distribution are new to food insecurity. Jakubowski said “Our goal is to keep this operation running throughout the duration of this crisis.”

Important information to share with the community:

Distribution dates: WEEKDAYS Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 29; 8:30 am – 12:00 pm; CLOSED on Memorial Day, May 25.

Address:  615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 – Silver Lane entrance; gates will close at Noon

One allocation of food per car to ensure that we have enough food for everyone.

This emergency food distribution at Rentschler Field is in addition to Foodshare’s ongoing efforts to provide food to a network of over 200 pantries, community kitchens, and Mobile Foodshare sites throughout the region.

Community members unable to drive to East Hartford can access help through the following:

–          Mobile Foodshare an outdoor pantry-on-wheels, to find a site near you please text “FOODSHARE” to 85511 or go to www.foodshare.org/mobile.

–          To find a food pantry and other resources near year, call 2-1-1 or go to https://www.211ct.org/.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate to help us continue to serve our neighbors visit www.foodshare.org



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