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Mobile pantry this Friday, September 24

The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center will host a free, Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry in Groton on Friday, September 24 at St. John’s Christian Church, 346 Shennecossett Road. The site is accessible for drive-thru or walk-up visitors. The goal is to serve 300 families facing hunger in our community. Food boxes will include fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, meat, and breakfast items with snacks and other non-perishables.

Anyone in need of food is welcome to attend and no paperwork is necessary. Guests are asked to remain in their car and open their trunk where volunteers can place the food boxes. Everyone must wear a mask and practice all COVID-19 safety protocols.

This Mobile Pantry distribution is being sponsored by Groton Utilities. Members of the company will also be volunteering at the site during distribution.

“We’re grateful to local partners like Groton Utilities who are part of our fight against hunger and food insecurity in New London County,” said Dina Sears-Graves, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. “Sponsoring a mobile pantry deployment ensures we can get fresh and healthy foods to those most in need.”

“As a publicly-owned entity, Groton Utilities strives to be a contributing member of the community,” said Ron Gaudet, Director of Utilities. “Being able to give back to the community through a United Way food distribution event is a tremendous opportunity for us to be able to support those in need at a time when many families are struggling. We are happy to do our part.”

The Food Center provided the equivalent of more than 3.1 million meals last year through the emergency food network of programs in New London County and Mobile Pantry distributions.