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Webster sponsors Connecticut Food Bank's 'Walk Against Hunger'

(5/3/2010) — As part of its ongoing effort to help end hunger, Webster Bank once again this year was a $10,000 sponsor of the Connecticut Food Bank "Walk Against Hunger" and sent teams to participate in the events, which wrapped up May 2.


The "Walk Against Hunger" is the Connecticut Food Bank's major annual fundraiser. This year, it took place on three consecutive Sundays in three Connecticut cities:


• On Sunday, April 18, at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport, Conn.;
• On Sunday, April 25, at Library Park in Waterbury, Conn.; and,
• On Sunday, May 2, at East Rock Park in New Haven, Conn.


Each year the Connecticut Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food to six of Connecticut's eight counties. Their food comes from the food industry, through community member and corporate donations, and via government subsidies. The Connecticut Food Bank organizes and sorts the products at its three warehouses. Member programs and agencies send representatives to those warehouses to shop for the food and the food is then distributed to those who need it most at local food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters.


"Webster places an emphasis on supporting organizations that serve those who need a helping hand to secure food," said Kathy Luria, vice president, community affairs at Webster. "With unemployment remaining high across our four-state market area, our neighbors need help now more than ever."


In photo, at the 2010 Walk Against Hunger in Waterbury are, from left: Selena Smith, Webster’s Waterbury area market manager; Stephanie Stevens with the Connecticut Food Bank and Webster Human Resources Training Instructor Mary McConnell.