FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- It may come as a surprise if you live in Fairfield to find out 21 percent of your neighbors need financial support.
That translates to 20,000 people, including 800 of whom rely on Operation Hope Food Pantry at mealtime.
"Last year (the pantry) provided enough food to make 150,000 meals,” said Carla Miklos, the organization's executive director.
A food drive will begin Monday, March 13 and run to March 31 to stock the pantry. Residents are asked to help by bringing their donations to one of the various collection sites in Fairfield.
“The individuals, families, and seniors that use our pantry are struggling to make ends meet. They are making choices between paying rent, heat and medical bills or purchasing food," said Miklos.
Operation Hope help fill the gap by providing food and supplement items that food stamps do not cover, such as toothpaste and diapers.
Also, volunteers prepare daily meals for about 50 people a day, 365 days a year.
The Town has partnered with the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in the effort.
Canned pasta meals, canned stew, and canned chicken, meat and fish; shelf stable milk and juice; coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; jelly, honey, and syrup; ramen noodles, condiments and salad dressing; and sugar, flour, and oil.
Collection sites: ( 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.):
- Old Town Hall: 611 Old Post Road
- Sullivan Independence Hall: 725 Old Post Road
- Fire Station 1: 140 Reef Road
- Fire Station 2: 600 Jennings Road
- Fire Station 3: 400 Jackman Avenue
- Fire Station 4: 69 Main Street, Southport
- Fire Station 5: 3965 Congress Street
- Police Department: 100 Reef Road
- Bigelow Senior Center: 100 Mona Terrace
- Park and Recreation: 75 Mill Plain Road
- Fairfield Public Library: 1080 Old Post Road
- Fairfield Woods Branch Library: 1147 Fairfield Woods Road
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or all 203-545-4963.