Honoring Nancy L. Carrington, President/ceo of Connecticut Food Bank on the Occasion of Her Retirementby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride and a bit of a heavy
heart that I rise today to join the many family, friends, and
colleagues who have gathered to celebrate the retirement of Connecticut
Food Bank President and CEO, Nancy L. Carrington. A dear friend and
outstanding advocate, Nancy has spent the last three decades at the
Connecticut Food Bank and, put simply, the organization will not be the
same without her.
Nancy came to the Connecticut Food Bank just two years after it was incorporated. She began her work with the organization as a food solicitor--responsible for seeking the donation of excess and unsalable products from local and regional food companies. When Nancy first came to the Food Bank, the organization was already distributing 1.3 million pounds of food a year to 188 community agencies throughout Connecticut. Just five years after starting at the Connecticut Food Bank, Nancy became the organization's Executive Director; her title later changed to President and CEO.
[[Page E1798]] Over the course of the last three decades, Nancy's leadership has guided the organization as it has grown from a grassroots, volunteer organization into the largest centralized source of donated, emergency food in Connecticut. Today the Connecticut Food Bank serves nearly 700 food-assistance programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties and distributes an average of 40 tons of food every business day. And, just this past summer, the Connecticut Food Bank broke ground on what will be an 82,251-square- foot building that will be the organization's new home. While her daily presence at the Connecticut Food Bank will be missed, Nancy has certainly built it a strong foundation on which it can continue to succeed in its mission.
Nancy has not only been responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Connecticut Food Bank, but is also one of Connecticut's strongest voices on behalf of the hungry. She has said that ``food should not be a privilege . . . it should be a basic human right.'' Nancy has made it her personal mission to overcome the challenge of feeding the hungry-- her work touching the lives of thousands over the years. She has volunteered to deliver groceries to homebound seniors for an emergency food pantry. She served as a founding director of End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. Nancy also works closely with other food banks in New England and partners with Feeding America, the national network of food banks. There is no stronger or more dedicated advocate.
I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank Nancy for her many years of friendship. Nancy and I are kindred spirits in so many ways--both having learned the importance of public service from our parents and both passionate about the need to address hunger in our community and across the nation. She is an inspiration to me and so many others and I am proud to call her my friend. And so I stand today to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to Nancy L. Carrington, for all of her good work and many years of dedicated service to the Connecticut Food Bank and wish her all the best for many more years of health and happiness as she enjoys her retirement.