Food drive this Saturday at Stop & Shop stores throughout the region
The Electric Boat Employees’ Community Services Association (EBECSA) will be holding its annual "Live United" food drive at five Stop & Shop stores throughout Southeastern Connecticut this Saturday, October 26 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The stores participating in the drive are in: Groton, Norwich, Waterford, Montville, and Colchester.
Volunteers will be located outside the stores encouraging individuals to make donations of non-perishable food items to benefit our Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank. The most-needed items in the Food Bank warehouse right now that make great donations and are staples for our member agencies are: canned tuna, canned stew, peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. We ask that donations of nonperishables not be expired or in glass containers.
Monetary donations will also be accepted. Every dollar donated is the equivalent of three meals.
EBECSA comprises the local Union members and salaried employees who work at Electric Boat and help in running the company’s annual United Way campaign. A traditional part of that campaign is organizing this food drive to help reduce hunger and food insecurity in the community. Members of Organized Labor helped to establish the Food Bank in 1988 and continue to support its work through efforts such as this.
In addition to the drive, employees of Stop & Shop and People’s United Bank, whose branches are located within the stores, will be showing their support by wearing our bright orange “Live United” t-shirts and/or buttons.
The overall rate of food insecurity in New London County is 11.2% with the childhood rate at 16% (or one in six children). Community food drives such as this are a way for people to contribute to help local families facing hunger while also providing a means for volunteers, such as those from EBECSA, to get engaged in community efforts for a cause. Together, we are all part of the fight against hunger and food insecurity in Southeastern Connecticut!
The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank supports a network of local emergency food programs including a Mobile Pantry that makes ten monthly distribution stops in the county. Last year, the equivalent of 2.1 million meals was distributed at no cost to those in need.