History of the Freshplace Program
The More than Food framework evolved from a rigorous evaluation of the Freshplace program. Freshplace is an innovative food pantry program that was founded by three community agencies – Foodshare, Chrysalis Center, Inc., and the Junior League of Hartford, Inc.– to build long-term food security and self-sufficiency among residents of the North End of Hartford, CT. In 2009 Dr. Katie Martin from the University of Connecticut, now at the University of Saint Joseph, joined the three agencies to help implement the program and evaluate the effectiveness of the Freshplace program. The goal of the Freshplace program is to provide a more fundamental approach to the problem of food insecurity by addressing the root causes of poverty. Freshplace opened in June of 2010 and has been successfully serving members ever since.
A manual about the Freshplace program was created in 2014. To access the Freshplace program manual please complete this form.