About the Friendly Hands Food Bank
The Hand that Feeds Us - A Documentary
This is a school documentary that I made about Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington CT. If you care at all about the issue of food insecurity in the United States, please take some time to watch this video for a little more perspective. Big thanks to Karen Thomas and all the staff at Friendly Hands. (Also small correction, on Fridays Friendly Hands is open until 1pm not 1am)
Friendly Hands Food Bank, Inc. is the largest food bank in NWCT and has been fighting food insecurity for over 30 years. Our founder, Maureen MO Hubert, began the food bank out of her home in 1991 by collecting non perishable food items and offering them to neighbors in need. Since then, the food bank has grown to service NWCT daily with over 34K meals monthly.
In conjunction with CT Food Bank / Food Share standards, we offer nutritious and healthy food options for families, singles and seniors. Among the many programs we offer, included are backpack filled school supplies, holiday meal baskets and toys ;& gifts during Christmas.
As our tag line reads -- Where Community Comes First - we service not only our clients, but our entire community. In May, 2020, FHFB introduced the Farmers to Families Food Box program to CT which provided over 1 million pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy to numerous CT cities and towns. Our director, Karen Thomas as the CT point person, scheduling trucks across the state feeding the food insecure during the pandemic.
We offer community programs in our spacious facility with meeting and classroom space to assist our clients in career exploration, life skills and other programs. Our rooms are available for rent to outside organizations and agencies which provides much needed educational opportunities and outreach to CT.
We are all about the SMILES!
Our mission never ends - each and every day we strive to have full shelves to serve our community. That means lots of smiling volunteers!
Words that Warm our Soul
Friendly Hands Food Bank Leadership
Karen holds a degree in Business Administration and is a certified etiquette educator. Karen has been with the food bank in various capacities, board member, donor and volunteer for over 20 years. Together with the board of directors, they are committed to end food insecurity and serve NWCT needs.