Food Communities

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The Food Communities throughout Connecticut are the drivers behind what helps people of all income levels and all walks of life connect to food in our cities and towns.  Because of them, many of which are non-profits, we are able to be a stronger, healthier, and more resilient communities.  Need a recipe?  Need some help with EBT/SNAP? Check out some of these wonderful communities below to see what they are offering their neighborhoods and how you can get involved in the multiple causes surrounding food.  And of course, remember to thank them for what they do, because we definitely HEART them too!

State-Wide Food Communities

State Wide Food Communities

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Connecticut Department of Agriculture

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture mission is to sustain and grow Connecticut agriculture. 

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CTCORE- Organize Now!

CTCORE's focus is on envisioning, building, and maintaining a new, community-based food system, guided by principles of liberation, racial equity, self-determination, and economic justice.. We define food justice as, “racial equity and self-determination in the food system(s)”. We aim to achieve this by identifying and activating community-based, economic, food justice solutions. Through the guide linked in the title above, we hope to highlight ways organizations are circumventing the dominant food system and encourage those working for a more equitable and just food system to reimagine their roles in food justice, through the framework presented here, and to support this movement toward racial equity, self-determination, and economic justice.

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Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative

Launched in May 2016, the CT Farm to School Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder partnership whose function is to pursue projects together that no one partner could do alone. The Collaborative functions as an informal working group committed to growing Farm to School in CT. Coordination is provided in-kind by UConn Extension and FoodCorps CT, and meetings are hosted by Hartford Public Schools Food Services. The Collaborative meets monthly to network, collaborate, and support efforts across the state. Together, the Collaborative has helped raise the visibility of CT Grown for CT Kids Week, delivered trainings for the School Nutrition Association of CT and the USDA Food Show, and in 2019 embarked on a strategic planning effort.  

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Connecticut Food System Alliance

The Connecticut Food System Alliance is committed to changing the food system to benefit the triple bottom line of 1)  Equity – everyone has access to safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and affordable food; 2)  Environment – stewardship of soil, water, air and energy resources is institutionalized as an integral part of the food system; and 3)  Economy – the food supply chain supports many vibrant and varied small businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods

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Connecticut Food Bank

Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need. Connecticut Food Bank distributes food through a network of 600 partners and programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties. 

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Foodshare

Founded in 1982, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where 118,000 people struggle with hunger. Foodshare is a member of the national organization Feeding America, along with more than 200 other food banks nationally. 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. 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.  

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SNAP4CT

​SNAP4CT helps Connecticut residents receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits make affordable and healthy food and lifestyle choices.
Our website  and  social media pages offer nutrition and health information 24/7, accessible by computer or mobile device. Whenever possible our materials are provided in both Spanish and English.

SNAP4CT is an online initiative of Husky Nutrition at UConn Health which engages Connecticut residents in highest need in food, nutrition, and physical activity programming, policy development, and research.   


Fairfield County

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The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative

The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative was established in 2014 and consists of eight independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income. BFMC meets on a monthly basis to undertake joint programming, fundraising, and marketing in support of member markets.

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Bridgeport Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council mission is to ensure residents have easy access to, skills to prepare, and desire to consume healthy, mostly local foods. Bridgeport food access is driven by Bridgeport residents and opportunities for livable wage job creation.

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Danbury Farmers Market Community Collaborative

Striving to provide equitable access to fresh food for all Danbury area residents, and promote health and nutrition, the collaborative of more than 30 community stakeholders, works to both enable those now excluded by limited resources to purchase fresh, local food at the Danbury Farmers’ Market and enhance the market experience for all. Healthy shoppers, healthy vendor profits and a healthy local economy are the goals. At its core, Better Food for Better Health is a community-wide health and nutrition enhancement and engagement campaign, a sustainable agriculture initiative, and an economic development strategy.

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Green Village Initiative

Green Village Initiative is a non-profit in Bridgeport, Connecticut whose mission is to grow food, knowledge, leadership and community, through urban gardening and farming, to create a more just food system in Bridgeport. Green Village Initiative’s farms and gardens nurture a grassroots movement of urban growers of all ages across the city. We manage a network of Community Gardens, School Gardens, Reservoir Community Farm, and a Youth Leadership program for the benefit of the Bridgeport community.

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Norwalk Acts

The mission of Norwalk Acts Health and Wellness Workgroup is to foster a culture of health, provide access to resources ad advocate for policies that sustain the health of the children and families of Norwalk. We are working to help kids eat more fruits and vegetables, spend more minutes each day being active ad connect children and families with appropriate health care services.

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Valley Council for Health and Human Services

The Valley Council is vibrant partnership network of nonprofit health and human service organizations serving the residents of Connecticut’s lower Naugatuck River Valley. The Council is recognized as a statewide model for effective collaboration to benefit the community. We work together to improve the health and quality of life of the Valley community and its residents by identifying community needs and developing culturally responsive services delivered by our membership and partners.

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Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave is the leading national organization addressing nutrition insecurity for low-income Americans since 2007, connecting over a million families to affordable fruits and vegetables over the last decade. Through innovative programs and partnerships, we place the power to purchase healthy produce in the hands of low-income community members and have twice succeeded in influencing Federal Farm Bill policy.


Hartford County

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The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative

The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative was established in 2014 and consists of eight independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income. BFMC meets on a monthly basis to undertake joint programming, fundraising, and marketing in support of member markets.

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Bridgeport Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council mission is to ensure residents have easy access to, skills to prepare, and desire to consume healthy, mostly local foods. Bridgeport food access is driven by Bridgeport residents and opportunities for livable wage job creation.

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Danbury Farmers Market Community Collaborative

Striving to provide equitable access to fresh food for all Danbury area residents, and promote health and nutrition, the collaborative of more than 30 community stakeholders, works to both enable those now excluded by limited resources to purchase fresh, local food at the Danbury Farmers’ Market and enhance the market experience for all. Healthy shoppers, healthy vendor profits and a healthy local economy are the goals. At its core, Better Food for Better Health is a community-wide health and nutrition enhancement and engagement campaign, a sustainable agriculture initiative, and an economic development strategy.

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Manchester Community College

We serve MCC’s students, faculty and staff so we can all succeed. The Cougar Pantry and Career Clothing Closet is open to all students, faculty and staff who are in need.  The Cougar Pantry can provide emergency bus passes (10-ride, once per semester), food, clothing and resources off-campus for members of the MCC community in need. 

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New Britain Roots

We cultivate community connections and equitable access to quality food through empowerment and learning with the people who grow, prepare, and eat food in New Britain.

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South Windsor Food Alliance/ Farmers Market

The Mission of the South Windsor FOOD Alliance is to create a Healthy Food System, promote locally grown food and help create new ventures that support local farming and food producers.


Litchfield County

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The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative

The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative was established in 2014 and consists of eight independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income. BFMC meets on a monthly basis to undertake joint programming, fundraising, and marketing in support of member markets.

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Bridgeport Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council mission is to ensure residents have easy access to, skills to prepare, and desire to consume healthy, mostly local foods. Bridgeport food access is driven by Bridgeport residents and opportunities for livable wage job creation.

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Danbury Farmers Market Community Collaborative

Striving to provide equitable access to fresh food for all Danbury area residents, and promote health and nutrition, the collaborative of more than 30 community stakeholders, works to both enable those now excluded by limited resources to purchase fresh, local food at the Danbury Farmers’ Market and enhance the market experience for all. Healthy shoppers, healthy vendor profits and a healthy local economy are the goals. At its core, Better Food for Better Health is a community-wide health and nutrition enhancement and engagement campaign, a sustainable agriculture initiative, and an economic development strategy.

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Sustainable Food Communities

SHC functions as an umbrella organization for a variety of programs that promote sustainable agriculture, local food, and active, healthy lifestyles. Through these programs, we hope to inspire people to think more about these important issues, and empower them to make positive changes that transform their lives and communities.


Middlesex County

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The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative

The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative was established in 2014 and consists of eight independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income. BFMC meets on a monthly basis to undertake joint programming, fundraising, and marketing in support of member markets.

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Bridgeport Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council mission is to ensure residents have easy access to, skills to prepare, and desire to consume healthy, mostly local foods. Bridgeport food access is driven by Bridgeport residents and opportunities for livable wage job creation.


New Haven County

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The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative

The Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative was established in 2014 and consists of eight independently-operated markets in Bridgeport, CT. Each market shares a common mission to increase access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables for all, regardless of income. BFMC meets on a monthly basis to undertake joint programming, fundraising, and marketing in support of member markets.

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Bridgeport Food Policy Council

The Food Policy Council mission is to ensure residents have easy access to, skills to prepare, and desire to consume healthy, mostly local foods. Bridgeport food access is driven by Bridgeport residents and opportunities for livable wage job creation.

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Danbury Farmers Market Community Collaborative

Striving to provide equitable access to fresh food for all Danbury area residents, and promote health and nutrition, the collaborative of more than 30 community stakeholders, works to both enable those now excluded by limited resources to purchase fresh, local food at the Danbury Farmers’ Market and enhance the market experience for all. Healthy shoppers, healthy vendor profits and a healthy local economy are the goals. At its core, Better Food for Better Health is a community-wide health and nutrition enhancement and engagement campaign, a sustainable agriculture initiative, and an economic development strategy.

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Connecticut Food Bank

Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger, and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors, and volunteers to distribute nutritious food to people in need. Connecticut Food Bank distributes food through a network of 600 partners and programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties.

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Gather New Haven

Gather New Haven is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located in New Haven, CT, committed to social and environmental justice. Gather New Haven promotes health, equity and justice for people and the environment by cultivating connections and access to our lands and waters and by inspiring us to care for our well-being, our shared community, and our environment. 

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Haven's Harvest

Haven’s Harvest offers timely and reliable surplus food pick-up and delivery in the New Haven area, connecting businesses with community sites through the transfer of high quality excess food. We create relationships — with our donors, receiving partners and our  volunteers. Businesses often have excess food and business owners struggle to find community partners to accept the food and find transportation for that food. That is where Haven’s Harvest comes in!  Creating a robust community network is necessary to direct the food to people rather than letting the food go to waste. This network increases the resiliency of our community.

 Love Fed New Haven

Empowering New Haven & CT residents by reconnecting us to our inherent relationships with food, land & self-resiliency through Black-led & community-run food systems & agriCultural initiatives.

 

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New Haven Food Policy Council

The New Haven Food Policy Council is a volunteer advisory board for the City of New Haven. Our eleven Council members are New Haven residents, appointed by the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. We are a collaborative group working to address local and regional food issues and the impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment and local government.

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Valley Council for Health and Human Services Food Task Force

The Valley Council is vibrant partnership network of nonprofit health and human service organizations serving the residents of Connecticut’s lower Naugatuck River Valley. The Council is recognized as a statewide model for effective collaboration to benefit the community.  Our mission is to work together to improve the health and quality of life of the Valley community and its residents by identifying community needs and developing culturally responsive services delivered by our membership and partners.

 


New London County

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Community Meals- New London Public Schools

When Coronavirus doesn't have us all locked down, come enjoy our community meal at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School cooked by BRIGAID chefs! They are Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm, entrance on Lincoln Avenue. Meals are $5 cash, bring your friends and family and eat here or take your meals to-go. You are encouraged to bring your own silverware. To find the menu each week, check this site Tuesdays or Brigaid's Facebook page.

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Fresh New London

Since 2004, FRESH New London looks to build momentum for food system change through community based agriculture and youth empowerment.We are a community farm and educational hub dedicated to building a healthy and just food system. We use food to connect the community, encourage stewardship, inspire leaders and incite change.

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New London County Food Policy Council

The New London County Food Policy Council (NLCFPC) is a shared leadership initiative striving to ensure that local, affordable, and nutritious food will be available to all people throughout New London County. We recognize that every New London County resident should have access to an adequate supply of healthy, affordable, safe, and culturally-appropriate food. We will work to transform the food system by developing a local capacity to study and promote mission-critical policy in all of its dimensions: local, regional, state, national and international.


Tolland County

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Taste Of Mansfield

The Taste of Mansfield aims to strengthen our community through events and promotions highlighting locally grown and produced foods. Supporting local farmers and food producers benefits our community in so many ways: Get to know your community, enjoy the freshest, healthiest foods available, keep your food dollars local,  reduce your environmental impact, and preserve our beautiful, rural vistas.


Windham County

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We are your multi-cultural, multi-service kitchen connecting Farmers, Chefs, and Food-lovers.  Our producers buy local ingredients, support local farms, and help to grow our local economy- right here in Windham County.

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GROW Windham

GROW Windham cultivates relationships and creates space for youth, community members, and food system partners to work together to build a stronger community and local food system.

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Windham Community Food Network

We are an alliance of diverse community members, farmers, businesses, agencies, and partners who are working together to build relationships, share ideas, and develop projects to promote access to healthy food, generate economic opportunities, and promote diverse community participation in problem-solving for the Windham Region. The Windham Community Food Network’s mission is to “create opportunities for the community by building a healthy food network.” The health of each one of us affects the health and well-being of our entire community. Today, citizens of Windham County have a unique opportunity to take action to improve food access and health in our community.