Friday, February 21, 2014

Reminder: Saturday is food collection day in the Valley

The 12th annual Valley Has a Heart Annual Food Drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at three Stop and Shop stores in the Valley: Ansonia, Seymour and Shelton. 

The goal is to gather enough non-perishable food to last for at least two months and $3,000 in cash to use for restocking the shelves as needed during the cold winter months.

"Food stocks always get depleted during the holidays and also when storms impact the area, said Susan Agamy, Executive Director of Spooner House.

"We are in need of generous contributions right now for restocking considering the issues of the past few weeks. Providing healthy meals for families is an important topic these days, so I wanted to let our hundreds of donors know that our food bank always tries to be sure each recipient receives a balanced package of food, with the proper mixture of food groups, so they will have sustainable lives."

The Stop and Shop stores where donations can be made are at 100 Division St., Ansonia, 15 Franklin St., Seymour and 898 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton. 
Stop and Shop, marquee sponsor, is joined by site sponsors Daniel Jacobs LLC of Oxford and Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. of Shelton.

Volunteers are needed at each location to collect and organize the food. Contact Tony Vellucci at 203-225-0453 if you are able to provide just a few hours of help Saturday. This is a great activity for Scouts, church youth groups, high school students and civic clubs.

Those unable to visit one of the three stores Saturday may make a donation by mailing a check to ACT Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton, 06484.

Spooner House is operated by ACT. It is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 200 men, women and children each year. More than 6,000 individuals have been served by the Food Bank this past year, comprising more than 130,000 meals. 
Spooner House is devoted to helping people establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity.

This is a press release from Area Congregations Together, Inc., a partner agency of the Valley United Way.

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