x
Breaking News
More () »

FOX 61 | Connecticut breaking news, weather, traffic, sports and social media

Foodshare extends East Hartford distribution through July

With what was initially to run only a week at the beginning of May, Foodshare is now extending it even further

Foodshare announced that they would be extending their distribution site at Rentschler Field through the month of July.

Each day they have been serving over 1,000 cars at this distribution site, some days that number reaching over 2,000. Cars lining up before they even open at 8:30.

They are relying on partnerships with local businesses and also donations to keep this operation going. They told us as long as the need is there they are going to continue putting food on families tables.

“We committed to keeping this operation running to help fill the increased need in the community as people continue to struggle financially due to the pandemic, we are happy to announce that we will continue this food distribution until the end of July,” Foodshare President and CEO Jason Jakubowski said.

According to a release, at just this distribution alone, Foodshare has served over 75,000 households and has distributed over 2 million pounds of food.

“We remain grateful to Governor Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz and the Capital Region Development Authority for allowing us to continue to use Rentschler Field.” Jakubowski continued.

This distribution site is open to anyone who lives in Tolland or Hartford County, from 8:30 in the morning until noon Monday through Friday.

Foodshare has been at Rentschler Field in East Hartford for a couple of weeks handing out food to those who need it.

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

RELATED: Foodshare's drive-thru food distribution continues at Rentschler Field

There is only one allocation of food per care to ensure there's 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.

People 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