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Share the Love Food Drive

The drive is now over! BIG thanks to everyone for participating and donating. In total, more than 5,000 pounds of food was collected plust $3,625 in donations!

We're sharing the love this Valentine's Day season and we'd love it if you can help in any way you can by donating to help those in our local community facing hunger. There is a group of generous community members who have organized a cross-town food drive to restock the shelves at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center with nonperishables. Donations will be accepted at the following locations until Friday, February 19th (they will have donation bins available during business hours for drop-offs).

PLEASE NOTE: This is an extension from the original donation deadline of February 12th!!!

  • G's Fitness, Waterford
  • Waterford Athletic Training and Fitness, Waterford
  • SAVA Insurance Group, Waterford
  • Filomena's, Waterford
  • Verizon Wireless Zone, New London and Groton

Local schools participating are:

  • Lilly B Haines in East Lyme
  • Colchester Elementary Schools
  • Norwich Tech.
  • Flanders Elementary, East Lyme

On Sunday, February 21st, you can donate at the following locations (postponed from the oringial drive date of February 14th):

  • The Niantic Rotary Club will hold a food drive at Guy's Oil on West Main Street in Niantic from 9 a.m.-1 p.m..
  • The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center (374 Broad Street, New London) will be open for people to make donations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Verizon Wireless Zone stores in New London and Groton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation right now to support the drive,
text the key word GEMMA to 41444 or click here to donate online!

Items that are most in need at this time include: canned tuna, stew, soup, fruits, and vegetables, peanut butter, dried beans, hot and cold cereal, boxed instant potatoes, boxed or bagged white, brown, or yellow rice, boxed pasta and pasta mixes, and baby food. Please consider donating nutritious food items that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium and that are whole grain rich. Please do not donate anything expired or in glass containers.

Your organization or business can still jump in and help us by hosting a food drive. We will gather information on each event and advertise it through social media. Showing the power of all of us working together to make a difference in our community. We are trying to have a location in every town that day. Please join us! If you would like more information please contact Deb Fountain 860-303-0968 or Deb Yother 860-449-4053 We can help you organize the delivery of your food and also help you set up a photo opt for your group.

If you want to participate in your area please contact Laurie Castronova at 860-235-7063 or She will get you on the list for marketing and will send you the logo from above to use on posters/flyers.

Special thanks to Hall Radio for helping to promote the drive and to Verizon Wireless for serving as the radio sponsor! ❤️