DERBY - Derby City Hall is collecting canned food during the month of March for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.
This month, donations of canned beef stew are being collected (Dinty Moore or any other brand). According to Town/City Clerk Marc Garofalo, donations can be dropped off at City Hall or the food bank itself, located at 237 Roosevelt Dr.
During the month of February, City Hall collected 44 jars of mayonnaise and another 10 jars of jelly for the food bank.
City Hall, in lieu of a Holiday Secret Santa Gift, donated food to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry in December. After discussions with the operators of the Food Bank, Garofalo said city officials asked them for monthly suggestions for food collections to concentrate on what is in short supply. Garofalo said City Hall employees decided to start a monthly collection of one specific item to help the food bank feed those in need in Derby and the Valley. In January, City Hall collected jars of jelly and in February, jars of mayonnaise were collected.
Food bank officials said a great deal of canned beef stew is used, especially during the colder months.
"Please consider donating some cans of beef stew and bringing them to the Town / City Clerk’s Office by the end of March and we will deliver them." said Garofalo.
(This is a press release from Derby City Hall)