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Convoy of Caring raises awareness to end hunger

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Dozens of trucks lined up on Tuesday morning in an effort to raise awareness to end hunger throughout Greater Hartford.

It’s part of Foodshare’s 13th annual Convoy of Caring event.

Following a breakfast at the Sheraton in Rocky Hill, nearly 30 trucks lined up on Capital Boulevard and headed to Foodshare’s Bloomfield offices.

The massive Convoy of Caring is a symbolic effort by the food bank to recognize dozens of companies from local and national grocers who donate money and food to feed 137,000 hungry people every day in greater Hartford area.

"Most of the food we get that we distribute is in fact from the food industry,” James Arena-DeRosa, who is the president and CEO at Foodshare, said.

By year’s end, Foodshare is expected to donate more than 12 million meals to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters along with other programs.

“In the last 15 years, over 100 million meals have been donated by our great friends in the food industry to food share," Arena-DeRosa said. 

The organization said that since 2000, food industry companies have donated the equivalent of more than 108 million meals for people. It also said that 73 percent of the food distributed came directly from their donations.

Foodshare said as a result, it is able to provide three meals for every $1 received.

"We still have work to do with seniors and the working poor," Arena-DeRosa said. 

Eyewitness News’ own morning anchor, Irene O’Connor served as the emcee for a breakfast held for the companies who’ve donated to Foodshare.

Representatives were on hand from Adirondack Beverages, Bakery On Main, Big Y, Bozzuto's, BJ's Wholesale Club, Burris Logistics, C&S Wholesale, Coca Cola, CT Food Association, Domino's Pizza, The Farmer's Cow, Freshpoint, Frito Lay, Garelick Farms, Geissler's, Guida Dairy, HPC Foodservice, Howley Bread Group (Panera), New England Dairy Council, Ocean State Job Lot, Pepsi Beverages Co., Polar Beverages,  Price Rite, Sam's Club, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Thurston Foods, Sysco, Walmart and Whole Foods.

The breakfast was held  8 a.m. and the convoy official departed at 8:45 p.m. However, for this year’s Convoy of Caring to recognize generous grocers began lining trucks up around 4 a.m.

Some of the trucks were  packed with food, while other ones are empty but are taking part in the convoy to show their support for the effort to try to fight hunger  in Connecticut. 

"You can see competitors getting together here and working together toward a good cause," Dan Tegolini, who is a truck driver for Guida’s, said.

Guida’s Dairy was one of the businesses who’ve been donating to Foodshare, but they were only one of many honored to be recognized during the convoy.

“I think this extremely nice because a lot of people in the food industry are doing a lot of things behind the scenes,” Bob Rybick with Geissler's Supermarkets said. 

For more information, head to Foodshare’s website here.

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