United Way Postal Food Drive nets 6,000 pounds for local charities

Volunteers gathered on May 14 to collect more than 6,000 pounds of food for the annual Postal Food Drive hosted by the United Way of Southington and the United States Postal Service.

United Way (Web)The 6,000 pounds in donations will be distributed to eligible Southington residents through Southington Community Services, Bread for Life, and the Tabernacle Church.

The Postal Food Drive focuses on the United Way’s “Asset Limited Income, Constrained, Employed” (ALICE) program that aims to help families and individuals who are employed but struggle to afford basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and childcare.

According to the United Way, 25 percent of Southington residents meet the ALICE criteria and face financial challenges.

Jack Eisenmann, Executive Director of the United Way of Southington, said the food drive “Is a major contributor to the efforts of The United Way of Southington to support those affected by ALICE and provide a basic survival need of food for the Southington community.”

The annual food drive represents a partnership with other local agencies to “feed the hungry in this vibrant and giving community,” said Eisenmann.

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