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One Nation. Underfed: A Place at the Table Movie Screening at Stepping Stones

5 Nov

Community Plates and Person-to-Person are sponsoring a free screening of the popular and grippingly touching A Place at the Table.  This movie, starring Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, David Beckmann, Joel Berg, and others, will be playing at 7 pm on Tuesday, 11/12 at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.

A Place at the Table follows three Americans who struggle with hunger on a daily basis.  As Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbus dig deeper into the lives of those who are always looking for their next meal, they paint a picture of hope.  As they point out, it’s not charity and donations that will solve the problem of hunger (though it sure does help)…there is a definite way to eradicate hunger in America.

A Place at the Table Movie Screening

Date: 11/12

Time: 7 pm

Place:  Stepping Stones Museum

Address:  303 West Avenue

                   Norwalk, CT 

Harvest Table 2013: Raising Funds for the Hungry in Fairfield County

25 Oct


On Sunday, November 3, be sure to head down to The Italian Center in Stamford between 11-2:30 for a day of food sampling, tips on entertaining, auctions, and a luncheon discussion on how to help the hungry of Fairfield County.  This is all part of Harvest Table, the annual fundraiser for New Covenant House of Hospitality.  NCHH is the only soup kitchen that provides for all Lower Fairfield County and is also part of the Community Plates network.  Entrance for the event is just $50 plus a non-perishable food item.  Besides raising money for this worthy charity, check out some other reasons why you should come along:

Food Samples and Style Watch

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Last Chance to Win Tix to Food for All 2013: A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

20 Sep

It’s been great to be on the Community Plates Benefit Committee to help spread the word about Food for All 2013:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County.  We have helped spread the word to our friends, our families, and to all of you, our readers.  But, we feel like we it’s not enough.  We feel like there’s still so many more people we wish that we could reach, more people that we could tell about Community Plates and how they’re helping to save millions of meals each year with the help of local businesses and restaurants.  

So, we want to let you know about Food for All 2013 one more time here on our blog.  

Today is the very last day for you to win one of 10 pairs of tickets simply by donating money to Community Plates.  Just go to this page, donate any amount, and you’ll be in the running for tickets.  The winners will be announced by Community Plates tomorrow, so make sure you get those donations in.  Even if you only have $10 or $20 on hand to donate, that’s valuable money for them that they will be able to use to help wipe out hunger in Fairfield County.

And, again, if you’d like tickets, remember the discount codes…

If you want to be part of the killer VIP Cocktail Reception that includes the main event, enter “OmNomVIP” as your code to get the tickets for $200 instead of $250.  That will get you an open bar and cocktails, snacks, and an oyster bar from Norm Bloom and Son.

And, if you just want to go to the main event, enter code “OmNom” as your code to get the tickets for $125 instead of $150.  Your donation will get you dancing, an open bar, lots of fun surprises, and chances to sample some of the newest and some of the best restaurants in Fairfield County.  You know you’ve wanted to try all of these restaurants, so here’s the perfect opportunity.  

We’re talking about…

For more info about Food for All 2013, please check out our original post.

Food for All:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

10/1 from 6:30-10 pm

The Loading Dock

375 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford, CT

Food Runners Needed to Rescue Food for Community Plates

16 Aug

We might take vacations, travel, or head back to school near the end of summer, but hunger in Connecticut never takes a vacation.  That’s why Community Plates needs your help.  They’re an organization that we’ve written about before that rescues food from restaurants, grocery stores, and markets that would have normally been thrown away, then gets that food into the hands of the food insecure.  To do that, they have a core group of volunteers called food runners who go to the restaurants, pick up the food, then deliver it to be distributed.  This never takes too much time and the experience and knowing you have helped others is very rewarding.

If you’re already a runner, see if you can work in a few more runs…and, if you’re new to Community Plates, check out the contact form here and tell them how you want to help out.  Also, keep an eye out for the Food for All: Night to End Hunger event on October 1.  We’ll have more details on that soon!

Here is a list of all the restaurants and markets that give their unused food:

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Drink + eat up at The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point to put an end to hunger in Fairfield County

6 Jun

Belly Up Stamford Beer Garden Fundraiser Community Plates

Update:  There will also be a 50/50 raffle with tickets at 1 for $5, or 3 for $10 with prizes from Fairway, exhale, Hotel Zero Degrees, Match, and more!  Also, Community Plates will be on hand if you’d like to sign up and help join in their food rescuing efforts.  

The hopping (get what we did there?) Beer Garden @ Harbor Point has been open for just a few weeks now, but it’s probably one of the busiest places around the city.  And, props to them, because they are hosting a fundraiser for Community Plates.  We’ve talked about this great organization before (and their recent expansion into New Haven), but to recap they rescue food that would have been wasted from restaurants, supermarkets, and other places, then deliver that food to local shelters and food banks.  Believe it or not, this is a completely volunteer driven organization, so you have to imagine that funding for what they do isn’t easy to come by.

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Taste of the Nation New Haven 2013 Vows No Kid Hungry

8 May

No Kid Hungry.  That’s the rallying call of Share Our Strength, an organization put together to wipe out childhood hunger.  And, with about 105,000 (13%) of children under 18 in Connecticut being food insecure, you can see how important this organization is.  One of their major fundraisers across the country is called Taste of the Nation that feature local food, chefs, and drinks.  And, we just so happen to be lucky enough to have a Taste of the Nation taking place at The Omni Hotel at Yale in New Haven on 5/22 from 6-9 for regular ticket holders ($85) or 5-9 for VIP ticket holders ($150).  The money will not only benefit Share Our Strength, but it will also benefit Christian Community Action, Connecticut Food Bank, End Hunger Connecticut, and the local chapter of No Kid Hungry Connecticut.  So, not only will you be helping to end childhood hunger, but you’ll also have some great music, treats, and drinks.  Here are the details:

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Give Back: Meals and Music at the Soup Kitchen through Backyard Humanitarian

5 Apr

Some happy chefs serving up some salad, photo from http://backyardhumanitarian.org

Here are some startling facts according to FeedingAmerica.org:

  • In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
  • In 2011, 14.9 percent of households (17.9 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2011, 5.7 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent.
  • In 2011, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.6 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.8 percent) or single men (24.9 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
  • In 2011, 8.8 percent of seniors living alone (1 million households) were food insecure.
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 37 percent in Holmes County, MS.

The band plays on at the soup kitchen, photo from http://www.backyardhumanitarian.org

Yes, those statistics are definitely amazing and Fairfield County isn’t immune from food insecurity, either.  But, as you know, there are lots of people out there who are helping to feed and take care of others.  We’ve talked to you about the great work of Community Plates and we’ve talked about fundraisers for New Covenant House of Hospitality in Stamford, but we’re presenting you now with some solid, tangible ways to get out there and help out.

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