Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Connecticut Service Plazas Sponsor “Share What You Can” Summer Food Drive in Milford

MILFORD  – A “Share What You Can” Summer Food Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 at  the Milford I-95 Northbound and Southbound Service Plazas (between exits 40 & 41), according to a release.
WPLR 99.1 FM and Connecticut Service Plazas will act as hosts for the drive, the release said. AJ from "The Chaz & AJ Morning Show" will broadcast live from the Milford southbound plaza, the release said.

Non-perishable food items, such as, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, tuna, pasta will be collected. Money donations also will be collected, the release said.
All food and money donations will be given to The Connecticut Food Bank.

"According to The Connecticut Food Bank, a family with two children must come up with 200 extra meals during summer months. Overall, there are more than 150,000 children in Connecticut who don’t always know where their next meal will come from," the release said/.

“In the summer, food donations are traditionally low, yet the demand for food is at its highest. Many kids are home from school and no longer have access to reduced priced meals,” said Connecticut Food Bank Communications Director Mary Ingnarra, also in the release . “Food banks run dry very quickly over the summer months and we need partnerships with organizations like CT Service Plazas and WPLR to encourage food donations.”

Paul Landino, President and CEO of Project Service, said, also in the release: “Many people in Connecticut don’t know that thousands of children in the state may go hungry throughout the summer since schools are not in session to provide meals. The Service Plazas want to do what we can to make it easier for people to donate to those in need at the time they need it most.”

Also in the release: "Project Service LLC, which has a long-term contract with the state to renovate and operate the Service Plazas, recently reopened the renovated Milford Service Plazas in spring 2012."

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