NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Bruce Springsteen performs at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
There are well over 100,000 people in our area that don’t have enough food to eat. A local food bank that helps those folks is having a rough time doing that because of decreased funds.
Now, Foodshare is appealing to the public for help, and if you do, there could be something in it for you.
If you like Bruce Springsteen and want to help feed the hungry, this is your lucky day.
“This weekend, we have a great ticket auction going on. There are two pairs of tickets for sale, that includes passes for the E-Street Lounge backstage,” said Gloria McAdam, CEO of Foodshare.
“The Boss” is playing at the XL Center October 25th, and he’s donated tickets to the Foodshare food bank in Bloomfield. They’re being auctioned on www.Foodshare.org through 1:30 p.m. this Sunday.
McAdam said the tickets couldn’t have come at a better time.
“People are struggling. The pantries are struggling and not having enough food to feed people,” she said.
There are two Foodshare food banks in Connecticut; the branch in Bloomfield serves about 128,000 people in the greater Hartford area. However, tough economic times mean fewer government and private contributions have been coming in.
McAdam said they’ve seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people who need help feeding themselves; while the need is up, help from the government is down.
“Government programs have been cut and so, there’s less food available.”
That’s why now more than ever, McAdam wants the public to understand that every little bit helps.
“Every gift makes a huge difference to us. Even the small gifts matter…$30 provides enough food for someone for an entire month.”
All proceeds from those Springsteen tickets will also go directly to Foodshare.