EAST HAVEN, CONN., March 30, 2016 – The WTNH News 8 Good Morning Connecticut team will join the Connecticut Food Bank to support a food drive on Friday, April 1, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at the East Haven ShopRite at 745 Foxon Road in East Haven.
The food drive comes at the end of National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, and the Connecticut Food Bank and the Good Morning Connecticut team are asking shoppers to give nutritious nonperishable food items to help hungry neighbors.
“Access to healthy, nutritious food shouldn’t be a luxury for people,” said Connecticut Food Bank spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We are grateful for the support of WTNH and the Good Morning Connecticut team in reminding people that the one in seven Connecticut residents who struggle with hunger need their help.”
Last year, the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to provide more than 18.5 million meals. 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 food bank distributes food through a network of community based programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, residential programs and day programs that serve adults and children, as well through its Mobile Pantry, GROW Truck and Kids’ BackPack programs.
“During March, we have worked to raise awareness of the importance of providing nutritious food to all who are in need,” Shipman said, noting that healthy food choices support child development and provide healthier outcomes for people.
Shipman said donations of nonperishable foods will be accepted at the East Haven ShopRite on Friday, April 1, between 9:00AM and 1:00PM.
The foods most needed at the drive are:
Canned meat and fish, such as canned tuna, canned chicken.
Dried or canned beans
Oatmeal and breakfast cereals
Whole wheat pasta
Low sugar and real fruit juices
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.