On March 31, volunteers gathered at the Groton Inn & Suites to be recognized for their contributions to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. In 2014, more than 11,000 hours of volunteer time was donated to the Food Center. Volunteer activities include helping to package and deliver product after local food shows, working at the Mobile Food Pantry, gleaning from local farms and at the Coogan Farm Giving Garden, and helping with sorting food, packaging items, and other daily tasks at the Food Center warehouse. According to the Independent Sector, the value of that time is worth more than $290,000.
Gemma Moran herself was on-hand to thank the volunteers and reinforce the value of their contribution of time to the Food Center's operations and ongoing fight against hunger and food insecurity in our community.
Cliff King, right, a resident of Baltic, was honored as the Food Center Volunteer of the Year. Cliff has been volunteering regularly at the Food Center since 2011. "United Way helped me when I needed it," Cliff says. "Now I enjoy giving back and helping others."
Several other groups and businesses were recognized for volunteering at the Food Center including: Kozlowski Orthodontics, Citizens Bank, Saint Bernard High School, Mitchell College, the Electric Boat Black Engineering Council, and Singing Hands of Praise.
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