Wilton Rocks for Food supports two local charities.
Connecticut Foodshare (Formerly Ct Food Bank)
“We are so grateful to Andy and the others behind Wilton Rocks for Food,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO. “The funds from this event will make a huge difference for Connecticut Food Bank and for our colleagues at the Wilton Food Pantry, helping provide food for tens of thousands of meals.”
Almost 500,000 Connecticut residents struggle with hunger, an increase of 14% since Covid; more than 130,000 children are food insecure. These are people from all walks of life – children, working parents, seniors, or people living with disabilities. They are your neighbors.
Connecticut Foodshare works through a network of community-based programs, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters to provide nutritious food to people in need, but we know we need to do more.
Last year, Connecticut Foodshare distributed enough food to prepare nearly 40 million meals to people in need in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties. More than 30% was fresh produce and healthy protein.
According to Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 study, an estimated 60% of Connecticut households requiring food assistance had a member who worked during the year.
Working people are especially hard-hit: 44% of people in Connecticut who are food insecure are not eligible for federal food assistance, earning above the eligibility level, yet unable to make ends meet. For them, we are their sole support.
According to the USDA. almost 12% of American households suffer from food insecurity.
Connecticut Foodshare gets a 4 out of 4 star rating on Charity Navigator.
The Wilton Food Pantry The Wilton Food Pantry The number of households eligible for the food pantry has steadily increased since 2016:
2016- 108 households
2017- 117 households
2018- 134 households
2019- 171 households, which is 343 individuals (thus far this year)
It's almost entirely run by volunteers and funded by outside donors-private donations account for 90% of its annual budget. In 2019 it has already spent $50,000 to purchase food.
"Because of the incredibly successful Wilton Rocks fundraiser that happens once a year in December, we are able to keep our shelves stocked." Sarah Heath, Town of Wilton Director of Social Services.
Read this recent article on the amazing work of the Food Pantry
How can you help?
1.The easiest way is to go to our home page and click the 'Donate' tab. You can pay via credit card or PayPal. 100% of the proceeds goes to the Food Banks.
2. Donate to the silent auction. Tickets, art, wine, golf, vacation homes, services. Everyone has something of value they can give. Fill out the form located on on our home page.