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BCF Supports Branford Food Pantry

foodpantry14The Branford Food Pantry, formally known as the Branford Food Council, was established in the mid-1970s by the churches of Branford to assist families in need by providing supplemental groceries on a weekly basis. Since its inception, the organization has moved from the Baptist Church to Indian Neck School to its present location within the Volunteer Service Center. Its name and location may have changed, but the Branford Food Pantry remains rooted in its mission to provide groceries those in need.

All clients are Branford residents who are screened by and referred by the Branford Counseling Center. Clients are also screened to see if they are eligible for any other types of emergency help. Families receive food weekly and special dinners during the holidays. On Thanksgiving 2013, the Branford Food Pantry delivered food baskets to 280 families, which was the Pantry’s largest delivery to date.

According to a study by UConn in April 2013, the “food insecurity” rate in all Connecticut towns is on the rise, and Branford’s “food insecurity” has proven to be above average. With a rise in new clients, the Branford Food Pantry is more in need than ever of donations from individuals and organizations such as the Branford Community Foundation. Demonstrating consistent support to the Food Pantry’s mission, the Branford Community Foundation has assisted the Branford Food Pantry in meeting the increasing demands for its services by donating funds totaling $40,000.00 between 2010 and 2013.