Hunger is a significant problem in Greater Hartford - one that affects 100,000 people in our community. Chronic hunger exacerbates many of the social problems in our area, including problem pregnancies, the incidence of premature, high risk birth, and children too listless or restless to pay attention in school. Teens living with food insecurity are more likely to have health problems, get into trouble, use drugs or alcohol, drop out of school and attempt suicide. Chronically hungry individuals are more prone to drug and alcohol abuse and are more likely to commit crimes in pursuit of food or the means to get food. Freshplace, a collaborative project of the Chrysalis Center, Foodshare and The Junior League of Hartford, aims to tackle these issues. We are constructing a 2,000 square foot facility in the Upper Albany neighborhood of Hartford to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products, in addition to other pantry staples, to those in need. Freshplace will offer client-choice based selections to accommodate the health, cultural, religious and familial needs of those that are hungry. Freshplace will also offer comprehensive intake and referral services, increasing access to food stamps, health and crisis intervention programs, public assistance, and educational services. Freshplace will serve as a community hub and resource, assisting in the revitalization of Upper Albany, supporting the network of existing area food pantries, and creating a center for community involvement. We believe that in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, we can work together to help reduce and eliminate the need in our midst.In order to open this innovative pantry and address these critical needs, we are raising funds to complete the construction of Freshplace. To date we have raised $98,000 towards a goal of $185,000.Please consider making a donation to Freshplace. Your generous contribution will help support the construction and operation of this innovative solution to hunger in our community. For additional information or to make a contribution, please visit http://www.Freshplace.org .