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Help end summer hunger! Communitywide food-a-thon set for July 27

Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 children (or 18.5%) in New London County are food insecure? That means they don’t know when or where their next meal will come from. During the summer, even more children will be facing hunger because when school lunches end, lunch ends altogether.

In fact, summer is the hungriest time of the year for thousands of low-income kids across New London County. And as the demand for food increases, donations to food banks tend to drop.

You have an opportunity to help! On Thursday, July 27 United Way of Southeastern Connecticut will be conducting a communitywide “food-a-thon” to reduce summer hunger for our community’s kids. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. donations of nonperishable items are being collected at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London, a program operated by United Way.

Consider running a food drive at your business or organization, with your civic group or in your neighborhood in the weeks leading up the food-a-thon. Then you can deliver your collected items to the Food Center on July 27. Click here to download a flyer to help promote your drive.

But you don’t have to run a big food drive to help out. When you’re at the grocery story, pick up a few extra items and drop them off on July 27. Every bit really makes a difference! And if everyone gives a little, it adds up to a lot.

The following items are most in need at the Food Center right now, and you might emphasize these as suggested donations during your drive: macaroni and cheese, pasta, canned tuna, canned soup, and Ensure. Please do not donate items in glass containers or that have expired.

Last year the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center provided the equivalent of more than 1.9 million meals and snacks to those facing hunger through 85 member programs. United Way’s Mobile Food Pantry distributed the equivalent of 285,383 meals through ten monthly distributions throughout the community. All this is done at no cost to those in need!

When you feed a hungry child, you change their life for the better right now and in the future. Let’s join together as a community and eliminate a long, hot, and hungry summer for our children.

Donate nonperishable food items at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center on Thursday, July 27 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Food Center is located at 374 Broad Street in New London.