''Share the Love” and donate food to help those facing hunger at local drives on Sunday, February 21

Community groups, individuals, and businesses have come together to help those facing hunger to celebrate the Valentine’s season. The group of community members organized a cross-town food drive to help restock the shelves at the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center (Food Center) with nonperishables. The Food Center provides food through local programs in New London County that form an emergency food system.

The drive is at a critical time when the shelves at the Food Center’s warehouse become increasingly bare yet the need for food continues to swell.

On Sunday, February 21, the community is invited to make donations of nonperishable food items at three locations where volunteers will be present to accept them. Please note this is a rescheduled date from February 14:

  • The Niantic Rotary Club 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) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Verizon Wireless Zone stores in New London and Groton from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.

Items that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium and that are whole grain rich are encouraged. In addition, please do not donate items in glass containers or that have expired.

The following businesses have extended their food drives until Friday, February 19, and anyone is welcome to drop off nonperishable food donations during their regular business hours:
  • Filomena's, Waterford
  • G's Fitness, Waterford
  • SAVA Insurance Group, Waterford
  • Verizon Wireless Zone stores in New London and Groton
  • Waterford Athletic Training and Fitness, Waterford
The following schools also conducted food drives to help the effort: Colchester Elementary Schools, Flanders Elementary in East Lyme, Lilly B Haines in East Lyme, and Norwich Technical.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.
United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank which provides food to a network of free emergency food programs in New London County, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at www.uwsect.org.