Neighbor to Neighbor holds successful annual food drive

Greenwich letter carrier Glen Purdy got the record Greenwich letter carrier Glen Purdy got the record with 160 bags of food collected.with 160 bags of food collected.

Greenwich letter carrier Glen Purdy got the record Greenwich letter carrier Glen Purdy got the record with 160 bags of food collected.with 160 bags of food collected.

This year’s 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive was the largest yet for Greenwich food pantry Neighbor to Neighbor.

More than 43,000 pounds of food was collected, far surpassing last year’s record of 33,500 pounds. 2014 also marked the first year that all food collected within Greenwich stayed local. This year, the National Association of Letter Carriers leadership in the Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich post offices, also joined to support Neighbor to Neighbor

The food drive was coordinated by Howard Dinnerstein and Sonny Migliaccio.

“This is by far our largest food drive each year, and there are plenty of folks right here in Greenwich who will benefit from it. This drive embodies the spirit of Greenwich, of giving back,” said Nancy Coughlin, executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor. “We are so grateful to the letter carriers as well as more than 30 volunteers who spent the day with us unloading vans and sorting food. And of course this drive wouldn’t be a success without the support of Kings Food Markets, which has been a true partner in our fight against hunger.”

Kings Food Market in Old Greenwich provided the blue bags that were distributed to each resident’s mailbox prior to the drive. Each bag provided a code for discounts at Kings for those shopping during a weekend in May.

Kings supports Neighbor to Neighbor in a variety of ways through its Act Against Hunger initiative.

Neighbor to Neighbor provides free food to more 1,000 Greenwich residents every month and clothing to residents of Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester, N.Y. As a part of its programming, it also gives school-aged children summer supplements, which aim to bridge the gap left by the lack of free or reduced price school-based meals during the summer months.

For more information or to make a donation, visit N-to-n.org.

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