June 19 Town Hall food drive

At a time of year when food pantries are typically low in supplies, the town is looking to boost Neighbor to Neighbor with its annual food drive on June 19.

The annual event is a joint effort from the Greenwich Service Unit of the Salvation Army and the town’s Department of Social Services. It will be held at Town Hall inside the main meeting room on the first floor on Thursday, June 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not only will the donations benefit Neighbor to Neighbor but also the town’s emergency food pantry.

As usual, dry goods are being sought. That means people should bring donations such as cereal, tuna, peanut butter, Parmalat, pasta, tomato sauce, canned soup, rice and canned fruit. But it’s not just looking for food. Other household items are being sought like laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and wipes.

People taking food from their own homes should  check to make sure it’s not past its expiration date because that can’t be used. Donations will be accepted throughout the day as department employees and Salvation Army volunteers will be on hand to collect and organize.

According to Alison Brush, the community gifts coordinator for the town’s Department of Social Services, 519 households, covering 722 adults and 626 children are served by Neighbor to Neighbor. The town’s food pantry’s numbers fluctuate, depending on emergencies but Ms. Brush said it serves an average of 170 people.

More information is available by calling Ms. Brush at 203-622-3715.

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