Disaster Relief

2011 disaster relief MREs

Do You Need Help?

If you, or someone you know, needs emergency assistance please visit 211ct.org or dial 2-1-1 for information on resources available in your town. In the event of a disaster, you can also follow us on Facebook for updates regarding Foodshare's relief efforts.

In an Emergency...

Foodshare serves as a member of the Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Working in partnership with other regional emergency service organizations, we aim to improve the overall delivery of emergency services in the event of an actual disaster. This means, when a winter storm strikes unexpectedly, or a hurricane hits home, Foodshare works to ensure all residents of Greater Hartford receive the help they need to recover as quickly as possible. Read More +

In times of crisis, many residents find themselves without power for days, or even weeks, leaving them unable to prepare a hot meal. Foodshare makes sure all of our community partners - local kitchens and shelters serving those hit hardest by the disaster - have access to the food and supplies they need to continue meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors.

How You Can Help

Oftentimes during a local disaster, pantries and kitchens are forced to close for several days. When they reopen, they face long lines - mainly individuals and families who lack a significant emergency food supply at home. Sadly, in cases of a severe power outage, many emergency assistance programs must also discard perishable items no longer safe to eat, leaving shelves bare.

As the regional food bank for Hartford and Tolland Counties, it is Foodshare's responsibility to help re-stock those shelves, but we could never do that without your help. While we can typically bring in additional donations of food from around the country in the event of a disaster, we need your help to cover the costs associated with handling and transporting this food. Please, make a gift today!