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'Helping Feed Hartford' event benefits more than 800 families

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Hundreds of families in the greater Hartford area received about a weeks worth of food and essentials on Tuesday, at no cost to them. It's all part of the annual event, "Helping Feed Hartford,” which was held outside the Xfinity Theatre. The Community Renewal Team joined forces with Feed the Children, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, and PriceRite for the eighth annual event, benefitting about 800 families in the greater Hartford area.

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CABHN merger with EHC!

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) and the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN) announced today that the two organizations have merged, with CABHN becoming a program of EHC!. End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is the only statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut. EHC! is a strategic leader and valued partner in expanding access to critical nutrition programs and advocating for key changes in federal, state and local policies and practices that promote good nutrition, healthy lifestyles and economic security.

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Report: state pension costs still could reach 'unaffordable' levels

CAFCA | June 20, 2018 |

Despite numerous reforms in recent years, state government’s pension costs still could reach “unaffordable” levels in the early 2030s, according to a new “stress test” analysis prepared for the Pew Charitable Trusts.In a report published by Harvard University, analysts also warned there is “significant risk” Connecticut will again look to extend those surging costs well into the future, effectively creating a series of “permanent high costs” that strip resources from other segments of the state budget.

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TVCCA’s RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse Hosts Breakfast

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Thames Valley Council for Community Action's (TVCCA) Norwich RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse hosted a breakfast for Veterans at the Coffeehouse gathering earlier this month. Norwich Bully Busters graciously offered to prepare a full breakfast for all Veterans and guests attending Coffeehouse on that day in celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

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HRA to mark HIV Awareness Day

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. will honor National HIV Long Term Survivors Awareness Day next month with its first annual “HIV Survivor Soiree” fundraiser. The HRA has scheduled the event for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne in Berlin. Award winning AIDS activist, author and life coach Rae Lewis-Thornton will be the highlight speaker with entertainment by Ace Livingston.

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Why hunger is still a problem in America

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

Half a century ago, the CBS Reports documentary "Hunger in America" shocked middle-class Americans with depictions of desperate hunger and malnutrition across the country. "Child malnutrition in some parts were akin to rates in third-world countries," Bob Greenstein, the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, talking on CBSN about the documentary, which was broadcast nationwide to a primetime audience 50 years ago this week.

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Courtney honors veterans's coffeehouse volunteers

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Thirteen area volunteers were honored by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Wednesday for their work at the region’s veterans’ coffeehouses. “April is National Volunteer Month,” Courtney said in his congressional offices at the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. “It’s a good time to put the spotlight on the good things that are happening in the region.” Beginning in November 2016, a weekly coffeehouse has brought hundreds of area veterans to the United Congregational Church in downtown Norwich for camaraderie, lectures and resources. Although the events began in Danielson, coffeehouses have since popped up all over Eastern Connecticut.

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The cost of keeping children poor

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

This past week, President Trump and House Republicans took initial steps to cut back the social safety net. Both have argued that such spending is counterproductive and wasteful, and that eligibility must be tightened for programs including food stamps and Medicaid. Mr. Trump and House Republicans have also asserted that welfare benefits are far too generous, and work requirements much too lax.

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Work alone is often not enough to lift people out of poverty

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

Yesterday’s public release of the farm bill included a proposal to toughen the work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Similarly, the Trump administration’s executive order released Tuesday calls for expanding work requirements for recipients of federal aid programs and encouraging more participation in workforce development training programs. These efforts are intended to move people out of poverty and into financial security. But the evidence shows that work requirements will do little to support this goal and that current funding for the nation’s primary workforce development programs falls short of the need.

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GOV. MALLOY REMINDS CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE

CAFCA | March 23, 2018 |

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating bills for the 2017/2018 winter season that there is still time to apply for assistance under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program. The general deadline for applications is May 1, 2018, however eligible households that are subject to a shut-off notice by a utility for heating bills have an extended deadline of May 15.

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