Bread for Life has selected Southington-based AA Denorfia Building & Development, LLC as its contractor to build its new home this year on Vermont Avenue. Ground was recently broken on the 3200 square-foot facility.
Bread for Life, which was founded in 1984 to ensure that no one in Southington goes hungry, currently operates out of several locations. Its kitchen is at the Masonic Lodge, administrative offices at 133 Main St., food storage is in space donated by the Southington YMCA and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and meetings are held at the Orchards. The new building will consolidate and expand its space under one roof in the center of town, just behind the downtown Rite Aid. It will consist of a dining room, kitchen, food storage and office space and is being built on land purchased from St. Paul’s.
Bread for Life Executive Director Eldon Hafford said: “We are delighted that the Denorfias offered the most competitive bid as their family has a long history supporting Bread For Life and they will do an outstanding job. It is exciting that our dream is coming to fruition and we will soon be meeting the needs of hungry people in Southington in our own building.”
Added BFL Board Chairman Mike Soltys: “Many people in our community have worked toward this exciting moment for several years. We are delighted with the support Bread For Life continues to receive that allows us to help our neighbors in need.”
Last year, BFL received a grant from the state bonding commission with support from Governor Dannel Malloy and State Representatives Joe Aresimowicz, Betty Boukus and David Zoni. The grant is administered by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittman. The Town of Southington has also provided support to the project and local architect Joe Eddy continues to volunteer his expertise to the project. Steve Giudice of Harry E.Cole and Sons has provided engineering services.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING NEEDED
The Calvanese Foundation has again stepped up to help fund Bread for Life, however additional funding is needed. Organizations that would like to donate to the construction are urged to contact Hafford at 860-276-8389.
“We are close to reaching our funding needs, but still need support from the community to finance the project. We are so appreciative of those that have already stepped forward and encourage others to join in to help feed the hungry in Southington in the future.”