Town stamps out hunger with food drive

Old Greenwich Food Drive Coordinator Sonny Migliaccio unloads food donations from his postal route.

Old Greenwich Food Drive Coordinator Sonny Migliaccio unloads food donations from his postal route.

An outpouring of generosity filled local mailboxes recently during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive conducted annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Neighbor to Neighbor was thrilled once again to be a recipient of the 2013 food drive, members said.

“I could not believe how generous the people of Greenwich were,” said local letter carrier Sonny Migliaccio. “Many people left more than one bag outside filled with everything a family might need.”

Despite tpouring rain during some of the collection period, the drive was a fantastic success. According to Neighbor to Neighbor Executive Director Nancy Coughlin, about 32,500 pounds of food was donated.

“This year we distributed paper bags donated by Kings Super Markets, and as a result, more food was collected this year than ever before. We are so grateful to the letter carriers as well as the 30 volunteers who came out despite the rain to help unload vans and sort food,” Ms. Coughlin said. “We also have to thank the many Greenwich Country Day School students, Brownie Troop 50519, Girl Scout Troop 50638 at Old Greenwich School, Boy Scout Pack 37 and adult volunteers who patiently stapled the Neighbor to Neighbor ‘shopping list’ to over 30,000 bags. This really was a community event.”

How long will this food last? Ms. Coughlin estimated about three months.

Approximately 1,000 individuals, living in Greenwich are eligible to receive food every week. Eligibility is determined by the Greenwich Department of Social Services and other referring groups. The need increases during the summer as extra food is provided to families with school aged children to make up for the lack of subsidized lunch at school. Food is supplied throughout the year by generous donations as well as bought from the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and at discount prices from Kings.

For more information or to make a donation visit the Neighbor to Neighbor website at N-to-n.org.

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