Salvation Army food drive returns

The Greenwich chapter of the Salvation Army is asking for community support again at its annual food drive, taking place on July 26 at Town Hall.

The event has been going on for more than seven years, but last year proved to be the most successful with approximately two tons of food donated, according to Margaret Conboy, chairman of the Greenwich chapter.

The organization hopes for similar success in 2012.

The food drive is crucial because it takes place at a time of year when people forget to donate, because the holidays are several months away, Ms. Conboy explained. The Salvation Army originally began the drive in July for that very reason, she added.

The Salvation Army is “one of the best charitable organizations” around because “what is donated goes where it is supposed to,” Ms. Conboy said.

In this case it is the Neighbor to Neighbor Food pantry as well as the Emergency Food Pantry of the social services department at Town Hall that benefit from donations.

According to Wendy Blumenthal, interim executive director at Neighbor to Neighbor, the pantry feeds approximately 500 local families and provides 300,000 meals annually to those in need.

Summer is a particularly difficult time for needy families with children because they are not receiving lunch at school, Ms. Blumenthal said. Accordingly, the food items the pantry needs most this time of year are peanut butter, jelly, dried beans, pasta, tomato products, juices, soups and tuna fish.

Ms. Conboy agreed, explaining the items that will be needed most at the food drive will be non-perishable canned goods and baby products such as formula. However, there is want for plenty of other provisions including boxed food such as cereal and pasta, diapers, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and paper towels.

The food drive takes place from 8 to 4 on Thursday, July 26, in the Gisborne Room, on the first floor of Town Hall.

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