Fight Hunger with Fairfield Food Drive for Hope

Caption: First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Operation Hope Executive Director Carla Miklos and Community & Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart

The Town of Fairfield, in partnership with United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC), is launching a 3-week long food drive to benefit Operation Hope. Food collections sites will be located at Old Town Hall, as well as several other Town Department sites, such as the Fairfield Public Library and the Fairfield Fire Department.

Among the many services it provides, Operation Hope helps local families and individuals overcome food insecurity through their volunteer-run food pantry. “Our food pantry is now serving over 800 local residents and last year provided enough food to make 150,000 meals,” said Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope. “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. We are so grateful to be part of a caring community. Together, we can help our neighbors overcome these challenges with our support.”

Throughout Fairfield County, United Way, working in partnership with local businesses, governments, schools, volunteers and community organizations, such as Operation Hope, are making a difference for the 36% of families living at or just above the poverty line. In Coastal Fairfield County, United Way defines those households who struggle to meet their basic cost of living expenses as ALICE or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These families are often vulnerable to unexpected expenses, such as car repairs and medical bills.

In the Town of Fairfield, 21% or over 20,000 households find themselves in need of extra support. Organizations such as Operation Hope help to fill that gap. At Operation Hope, the Food Pantry helps provide families with basic food needs or supplement items not covered by food stamps, such as toothpaste and diapers, while volunteers at the Community Kitchen provide two meals a day at the shelter, feeding 50 people per meal, 365 days a year.

Charitable organizations like Operation Hope and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County rely on the generosity of the community for support.

To participate in the Fairfield Food Drive for Hope, please bring your donation(s) to any of the locations listed below beginning on Monday, March 13th and ending Friday, March 31st from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Suggested Items are also listed below.

Donation Wish List:

Canned pasta meals (Chef Boyardee/Spaghettios, etc.)
Canned stew
Canned chicken/meat/fish
Shelf stable milk and juice
Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
Jelly/honey/syrup
Ramen
Condiments/salad dressing
Sugar/flour/oil

Drop-off Locations:

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

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