By JEN CARDINES
Southington resident Rachel Wache organized a food drive to benefit Southington Community Services (SCS) which will be held on Friday, July 21.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., she will be outside of Stop and Shop on N. Main Street with the help of the American Legion Auxiliary, STEPS, and the CT Army National Guard. Through their partnership, the “Take STEPS and Guard against hunger” food drive was created.
Wache said she hopes to generate enough to food to fill the shelves at SCS.
“A lot of children depend on breakfast and lunch during the school year,” she said. With the summer recess, the pantry shelves are depleting quickly.
“This is perfect timing,” said SCS director Janet Mellon. “The food pantry is at an all-time low. We need everything.”
Shoppers and locals in the area can find the group of volunteers sitting outside Stop & Shop next Friday, where they will fill a National Guard truck with the donations.
“We’re hoping to fill it right up to the brim to make sure these kids have a nourishing meal,” said Wache.
Mellon said that the pantry could benefit from canned beef stew, canned fruit, canned spaghetti and meatballs, canned vegetables, children’s snacks, jelly, juice, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, and soup.
Wache mentioned children’s breakfast and lunch staples such as peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, pudding, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, cereal, etc.
“We’re hoping to have an exceptional food drive,” Wache said.
All donations gathered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will go directly to Southington Community Services.