DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien residents can help feed a struggling family or child during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive by placing a bag of canned goods by their mailbox on Saturday, May 14.
With 11 percent of Fairfield County residents living below the poverty level – and another 20 percent struggling to afford basic needs of food, clothing and shelter – hunger and food insecurity is an issue for many in the community.
Person to Person Director of Volunteers Janet King said that one in 10 families has struggled to find their next meal and that the rate of food insecurity among children is even higher, at one in six.
“Each week, we provide more than 65 families with enough food to prepare three meals a day for seven days, because no one in Fairfield County should have to be hungry," she said. "With your help, people in your community won’t be."
Since 1992, Person-to-Person (P2P) has been the recipient of grocery donations collected in Darien during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. According to King, this event is the largest food drive for Person-to-Person each year and requires a fair amount of preparation and coordination.
“Various volunteer groups have been stapling the suggested shopping list of non-perishable foods to the 6,000 grocery bags donated by Palmer’s Market. These bags will be delivered to all Darien postal customers,” she added.
On the day of the event, volunteers will gather at P2P Darien to sort the donations and stock the pantry.
“It’s a day filled with common purpose and camaraderie. People of all ages join in, including families with children.” “We appreciate all the generosity, whether it’s the folks who leave a bag of groceries by the mailbox or the family that helps stock the shelves,” said King, “Because this is so very important for the people who come to us for food.”
To volunteer to help sort the donations, email Janet King at jking@p2pHelps.org .
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