The shelves of Waterbury area food pantries will be replenished thanks to the generosity of 37 businesses and organizations that participated in the annual United Way Day of Action: Stock the Pantry food drive. The United Way of Greater Waterbury and The Greater Waterbury Emergency Food Resource Council made the announcement today at Connecticut Food Bank’s Waterbury warehouse.
During the months of May and June, local companies and organizations held food drives at their workplace to collect high protein foods and items for easy to prepare meals for those who struggle with hunger in the Greater Waterbury area.
“Local food banks are facing shortages and are in need of donations throughout the summer months when children – many of whom regularly received free or reduced lunch during the school year – are on summer break,” said Kristen Jacoby, president of the United Way of Greater Waterbury. “The United Way’s Day of Action: Stock the Pantry was created to not only help those served by community food pantries, but to increase awareness about the problem of hunger right here in Connecticut.”
According to recent data released by Feeding America, nearly 14 percent of Connecticut’s residents, and 1 in 5 of Connecticut’s children are food insecure.
“It is through the generosity of efforts like Stock the Pantry that Connecticut Food Bank can do its work to feed the more than 300,000 people who rely on our network of food-assistance programs,” said Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank’s president and CEO. “We thank the United Way, the Emergency Food Resource Council and the organizations for collecting food to provide needed meals to families who are at risk of hunger in the Greater Waterbury area.”
Rev. Maner Tyson of Waterbury Baptist Ministries spoke about how important the Stock the Pantry food drive is for the local organizations who provide food assistance to those in need. He told the story of a woman he found going through the food pantry’s trash for food to feed her family. After he brought her inside and gave her food to take home from the pantry she kissed his hands and said thank you.
Among the items collected by participants in the Stock the Pantry Food Drive were tuna, soups, stews, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, rice and shelf stable milk.