National Assn. of Letter Carriers Food Drive May 10

Campbell Johnson of Wilton pitches in at P2P Emergency Food Pantry in Norwalk during 2013 Postal Food Drive
Campbell Johnson of Wilton pitches in at P2P Emergency Food Pantry in Norwalk during 2013 Postal Food Drive

Person-to-Person Needs Your Help to “Stamp Out Hunger”

Since 1992, Person-to-Person (P2P) has been the designated recipient of grocery donations collected in Darien during the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Beginning last year, donations from people in Norwalk and Wilton were collected to benefit the P2P Emergency Food Pantry in Norwalk.

In all, P2P received more than 76,000 pounds of groceries last year to stock the two Food Pantries and for distribution to several partner agencies (Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Open Door Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul, Homes with Hope, Malta House, Salvation Army and the Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project).

According to Director of Volunteers Janet King, this event is the largest food drive for Person-to-Person each year and requires a fair amount of preparation and coordination.

“In Darien, Palmer’s Market has donated 6,500 grocery bags that will be delivered to all Darien postal customers accompanied by a suggested shopping list of non-perishable foods.” On the day of the event, volunteers will gather at our Darien location to sort the donations and stock the pantry. “It’s a day filled with common purpose and camaraderie. People of all ages join in, including families with children.”

For the Norwalk location, just about everyone pitches in – from the Boy Scouts in Wilton who will be offloading food from the postal trucks as they arrive on the day of the drive, to the corporate volunteers from area businesses who will inventory and sort donations during the following week.

“We appreciate all the generosity, whether it’s the folks who leave a bag of groceries by the mailbox or the family that helps stock the shelves,” says King, “because this is so very important for the people who come to us for food.”

With nearly 9% of Fairfield County residents living below the poverty level, hunger and food insecurity is an issue that many in our communities are dealing with. King notes that 1 in 10 families has struggled to find the next meal and that the rate of food insecurity among children is even higher, at 1 in 6. “Each week, we provide more than 200 families with enough food to prepare three meals a day for seven days, because no one in Fairfield County should have to be hungry.”

With your help, people in your community won’t be.

Leave a bag of groceries at your mailbox on the morning of Saturday, May 10. If you want to volunteer, email Janet King in Darien (jking@p2pHelps.org) or Ed Kearns in Norwalk (edkearns@p2pHelps.org).

About Person-to-Person: Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. More information may be found on the web at www.p2pHelps.org or by calling (203) 655-0048.


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