Foodshare | Hunger is Big. Our Community is Bigger.

About Foodshare

Founded in 1982, Foodshare is the regional food bank serving Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties, where more than 119,000 people struggle with hunger. Foodshare is a member of the national organization Feeding America, along with more than 200 other food banks nationally. In partnership with the food industry, donors, community leaders and volunteers, Foodshare works to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security. And, because hunger is more than food, Foodshare collaborates with anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community to build effective solutions to end hunger.


Our Mission

Foodshare will lead an informed, coordinated response to hunger in our community.

Our Values

Act with empathy and respect
Make the best use of every resource
Be open, candid and accountable
Confront the hard questions

Our Vision

Inspire and engage our community in a meaningful way
Maximize access to resources that support food security
Gather, apply and communicate relevant, substantive information

Our Story

Foodshare is changing what it means to be a food bank.

Providing food for people who are hungry has been at the heart of who we are for 35 years. With food assistance as our cornerstone, we will continue this work for as long as there are people in need.

But hunger is bigger than food. Hunger is one piece of a patchwork of social issues and it needs solutions that deal with all sides of the causes and consequences. This is the work that lies ahead.

Collecting and distributing nearly 12 million meals worth of food each year through a network of partner programs gives us a stark understanding of the everyday realities of food insecurity.

This perspective is critical to creating a complete picture of the issue and establishing a shared foundation on which anti-hunger organizations, policy makers, and the broader community can build effective solutions.

We are under no illusions about the challenge we are embracing.

Hunger is indeed big. We believe the Foodshare community is bigger.


Foodshare is committed to operating with efficiency, accountability, and transparency. Learn more below:

July 2019 - June 2020 Annual Report

Audited Financial Statements

Form 990

Meet Our Executive Team

Jason Jakubowski (View bio >)
President & CEO

Christine O’Rourke (View bio >)
Chief Network & Program Officer

Jeff Bartholomay (View bio >)
Chief Financial Officer

Beverly Catchpole
Chief Giving Officer

Beth Stokes
Chief Administrative Officer

Johanna Fitzgerald
Head of Human Resources

Monica Obrebski
Senior Director of External Relations

Miranda Muro
Senior Director of Network Strategy

Paul Shipman
Senior Director of Network Resources

Kathryn Mastandrea
Senior Director of Major Gifts

Jennie Hirsch
Executive Assistant
Government Relations Manager

Katie Martin, Ph.D. (View bio >)
Executive Director, Foodshare Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Henry, Chair


Pastor Alfred D. Watts, Vice Chair

Cornerstone Christian Center

Pete Sannizzaro, Treasurer

Talcott Resolution

Arlene Putterman, Secretary

Community Member

Jason Jakubowski, Ex Officio

President & CEO

Max Berry


Thomas M. Buckingham

Nassau Re

Kristen Cooksey Stowers, PhD

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut

Jenny Chou

Wiggin and Dana LLP

Molly Devanney

Highland Park Market

Harry Garafalo

Garafalo Markets LLC

Joseph R. Gianni

Bank of America

Dr. G. Duncan Harris

Capital Community College

Katherine J. Hunlock


Maria Paredes

New Britain Housing Authority

Martino Rovero


Heather Smith-Jaser

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP

Wendy Wahl


Diana Zhang

Bridgewater Associates

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Careers & Internships

Foodshare offers the opportunity to do work that matters. Whether you are looking for a job or an internship, you can put your talents and passion to work helping people of all ages and from all walks of life who face the threat of hunger. If you want to spend your days doing something that will give you rewards beyond any price, then you're in the right place.

“Working at Foodshare is more than just a job. It has a long-term impact on our community.”

- Foodshare Staff

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Success Stories

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Florien and Wanda

Florien struggles with dementia but at 95 years old, that does not define who he is.

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Maribel Bermudez

When Maribel Bermudez was laid off after her employer downsized, her husband's salary wasn’t enough to cover all of their expenses, especially with two kids.

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Chris and Alana Woodward

You can tell right away that Chris and Alana are devoted, caring parents, ready to do whatever it takes to make their family work.

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