WALLINGFORD, CONN., May 3, 2016 – A tractor trailer from Ocean State Job Lot delivered more than 37,000 pounds of food to the Connecticut Food Bank as part of its Three Square Meals Family Meal Assistance Program. The nonperishable foods included cereals, canned soups and canned vegetables.
The truck was part of a caravan of tractor trailers loaded with approximately 700,000 pounds of nutritious, shelf-stable food donated by Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) to 15 food banks in New York, New Jersey and New England. Funds for Job Lot to purchase the food direct from brand-name manufacturers were donated at the register by OSJL customers in seven states over the 2015 holiday season and matched by Job Lot.
Accompanying the delivery were three OSJL team members and two representatives from Bearingstar Insurance, a member of the Arbella Insurance Group, a sponsor of the Three Square Meals program. Arbella presented a $1,000 donation to the Connecticut Food Bank in addition to the delivered food.
Connecticut Food Bank Interim CEO Paul O’Leary said the food would be quickly put to use in communities served by the Connecticut Food Bank. “This food will help to make thousands of meals for hungry families in Connecticut.”
Representatives from Ocean State Job Lot and Bearingstar Insurance are pictured at the Connecticut Food Bank Wallingford headquarters and distribution center with Connecticut Food Bank Interim CEO Paul O’Leary, second from left. Left to right: Dana Quigley, Insurance Consultant, Bearingstar; Paul O’Leary, Connecticut Food Bank Interim CEO; Steven Zembrzuski, Ocean State Job Lot Naugatuck Store Manager; Susan Lamparelli, Ocean State Job Lot District Manager; Yvonne Jimenez, Ocean State Job Lot New Britain Assistant Store Manager; Sean Brazenor, Truck Driver for Ocean State Job Lot; Jennifer Lajoie, Insurance Consultant, Bearingstar.
About the Connecticut Food Bank:
The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitably donated food. The Connecticut Food Bank partnered with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide enough food last year to prepare more than 18.5 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to more than 300,000 people across six Connecticut counties. Visit us on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.