Cheshire Food Drive Has Another Successful Year

Cheshire Food Drive Has Another Successful Year


Editor, The Cheshire Herald:

 

Over the first weekend in November, Cheshire Food Drive, Inc. continued a long-standing tradition and held its 48th annual food drive! Individuals, families, students, local businesses, and others came together in a grass-roots effort to donate over 12,000 pounds (six tons) of food to area pantries and raise thousands of dollars for the Food Voucher Program.

The annual Cheshire Food Drive is truly a town-wide event, and we couldn’t hold it without the First Congregational Church, who graciously allowed us use of their green; Bozzuto’s, who again donated a truck for the weekend; and Ace Van & Storage, who gave us the hundreds of boxes into which we sort donated food. Thank you to Elim Park and Cheshire businesses who partnered with us and collected food in the weeks before our drive, and to Stop & Shop for allowing our volunteers to collect food and money outside the store over the weekend. Big thanks also to Cheshire Public Schools for allowing food collection in the schools and making us a recipient of a “Dress Down Day.” Thank you also to the many local businesses who generously donated food and coffee for our many volunteers on the green: Starbucks Coffee, Shef’s Bagels, Anthony’s Pizzeria & Deli, Beyond Nutrition, Bagelicious, and Cheshire Pizza & Ale. We are fortunate to be the recipients of a bounty of generosity from the local community!

We are so thankful for our amazing volunteers! From Friday afternoon through Sunday, we always had help on the green to collect, count, and sort food donations as well as set up and break down all the tables. Special thanks for this to many students from Cheshire Academy, Cheshire High School, YMCA Leaders Club, as well as community members who just came by to help. We are also grateful for the many Girl Scout troops who helped collect donations outside Stop & Shop all weekend and did so with enthusiasm. We so appreciate everyone’s hard work and fantastic attitude!

In addition to bringing the town together to help our neighbors, the annual Cheshire Food Drive allows us to raise awareness of the Food Voucher Program. This valuable program provides $40 or $60 monthly food vouchers to Cheshire residents that can be used to purchase any food or personal care items at Stop & Shop or Big Y. The Food Voucher Program was created for use in an emergency or as a stopgap measure. If a food voucher might be useful to you or someone you know, please contact Cheshire Human Services (203) 271-6690.

Lastly, thank you to the people of Cheshire for continuing to donate food and money to help alleviate food insecurity in town. Cheshire Food Drive, Inc. pays for every food voucher used and we can only do this through generous monetary donations from the community. For more information about the Food Voucher Program and Cheshire Food Drive, Inc., please visit CheshireFood
Drive.org.

 

Board of Directors

Cheshire Food Drive, Inc.


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