WALLINGFORD, Conn. -
The UConn football team spent its Sunday at the Connecticut Food Bank as team members packaged and bagged over 30,000 pounds of food and groceries that will go to those in need during the Thanksgiving holiday.
"It is very important for our UConn football family to be active members of the community," said Husky head coach Bob Diaco. "We want to teach our student-athletes how to be generous citizens who give back. The Connecticut Food Bank does outstanding work and hopefully we made a difference in the lives of people who need help."
Founded in 1982 in New Haven, the Connecticut Food Bank partners with food retailers, growers, donors and volunteers to source food and distribute it through a network of community-based programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs and day programs that serve adults and children, as well through our Mobile Pantry, GROW Truck and Kids' BackPack programs.
The Connecticut Food Bank provides food to hungry adults and children in six Connecticut counties. More than 300,000 people in its service area are food insecure; nearly 100,000 children struggle with hunger. By soliciting the food industry for products that will not sell -- items that are wholesome but might have some cosmetic flaw -- the Connecticut Food Bank reduces waste and feeds people.