Eldon Hafford, Executive Director of Bread for Life since 2007, will retire later this year. During his nine-years running BFL the organization has grown dramatically to meet the needs of the Southington community.

“Eldon is a Southington gem who through his hard work and passion has ensured that no one in our town goes hungry,” said Bread for Life Board Chairman Mike Soltys. “Eldon has touched so many people and his good work has made a lasting impact in our community.  We can’t thank him enough.”

Hafford commented: “After much thought I have decided to retire when our new home on Vermont Avenue is completed.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank those in the community of Southington, who have generously supported Bread for Life over the past nine years during my time as the Executive Director.  A dream has come true.  Bread for Life will have one home after consolidating five separate locations.  You have made this a reality.”

Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback added: “Eldon is a community treasure who selflessly gave of his time and effort to make sure there were no hungry people in Southington.  He worked tirelessly raising money and gathering food and shared with other organizations that supported his efforts.  He has been a wonderful asset to our town and will be truly missed.”

Hafford, 76 years old, took over Bread for Life at a critical juncture. As the economy hit its downturn, Hafford ensured the growing needs in town were met. Today the organization provides lunch and fellowship weekdays at the Mason’s Hall, delivers hot meals daily at five senior housing communities, delivers hot meals and groceries to the homebound, offers a summer lunch program for children and sponsors the school breakfast program.

Bread for Life is currently building a long-discussed headquarters for its operation on Vermont Avenue. Hafford will stay on until the new building is open, which is anticipated later this fall.   The organization will immediately begin the search for Hafford’s replacement.  The job posting is available on SouthingtonBreadForLife.org. and open until Sept. 10.

Hafford will overlap with the new executive director to ensure a smooth transition. After taking a winter respite, he will join the Bread for Life Board of Directors.

Eldon has long been active in the food industry. His experience includes:  Restaurant Manager, Head Chef, Food Service Director, past President of Connecticut Food Service Association and owner of Eldon’s Catering.  He has served on several church Board of Directors and committees.  Eldon’s passion will always be helping those in need.

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