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MFB New England partner positively impacting its community

Since its founding in February of 1980, The House of Bread in Hartford, Connecticut, has been a beacon of hope for the most needy in the Hartford community. Co-founders Sister Maureen Faenza, CSJ, Theresa Fonti, CSJ, embarked on a mission to assist the hungry and homeless in Hartford's North End, initially welcoming 17 guests. Today, The House of Bread serves nearly 2,000 people daily, offering vital services encompassing food, shelter, housing, and education. It is a nonprofit partner agency of Midwest Food Bank New England.

Tom Porell, who has been involved with the House of Bread for approximately 42 of its 43 years, volunteers alongside his family. Reflecting on his long-standing commitment, Tom shared, "I grew up collecting food for the soup kitchen when they first started. Throughout the years, I've continued to contribute by volunteering, assisting with marketing, and eventually transitioning to Co-Director with Beth Boyle in June of 2023."

Tom emphasized the House of Bread's crucial role in the community: "We serve between 400 and 600 meals daily, thanks to both the soup kitchen, which provides hot meals, and the Kids Café program." The latter ensures that students (K-12) from underserved communities receive warm evening meals and snacks after participating in various after-school programs throughout the school year.

Midwest Food Bank New England plays a vital role in bridging this gap, providing food for hot meals, snacks for later use, and additional items like first aid supplies. The House of Bread's kitchen is also actively preparing sandwiches for a church lunch ministry and an addiction recovery program.

"We are honored to collaborate with this impactful agency, one that truly transforms the lives of those in need," says Jan Young, MFB New England Executive Director.

The House of Bread is dedicated to urban ministry, extending compassionate, dignified, and respectful assistance to the economically disadvantaged in the Hartford area. Their unwavering commitment to serving the hungry, homeless, and needy population has profoundly impacted the community.

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