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United Way offers Mobile Pantry distribution February 25 in Norwich

The Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center will host a Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry in Norwich on Thursday, February 25, from 3:30 – 5 p.m., at Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Drive. The site is accessible for drive-thru or walk-up visitors. The goal is to serve 400 families facing hunger in our community.

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. The food boxes contain protein, fruits, vegetables, and nonperishable food items.

This Mobile Pantry distribution is being sponsored in Memory of Jason Vincent by Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom & Linda Nystrom, along with Jason’s friends and family. The group will also be volunteering at the site during distribution.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to Mayor Nystrom, his family, and friends for their generosity in sponsoring this Mobile Pantry,” said Dina Sears-Graves, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way. “Thanks to caring community members like them, we can get more food to those who need it, especially now during these challenging times.”

“Jason’s generosity of his talents and time is something people remember him by,” said Mayor Nystrom. “Holding the mobile food pantry in his name is a way for us to continue his legacy of helping others.”

The Food Center has provided more than 2.8 million pounds of food over the past year through the emergency food network of programs in New London County, the equivalent of more than 2.3 million meals. Those programs serve 17,444 people each month. The Food Center also conducts numerous Mobile Pantry Pop-up distributions across the county.