Governor Rell Announces Statewide Day of Caring & Compassion This Saturday July 31

Governor M. Jodi Rell has announced a statewide “Day of Caring & Compassion” on Saturday, July 31, when several fire stations around Connecticut will serve as collection centers for donations of non-perishable food to help replenish the state’s two main food pantries.

“Mark it on the calendar. July 31 will be the day we can all help fill the shelves the shelves of Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank,” Governor Rell said. “Fire departments around the state made our 2009 campaign such a success that we are delighted to have them again this year as partners.

“The economy is still very volatile and the need remains great for so many families who continue to struggle to make ends meet. With schools out for the summer, many children who were served by school lunch and breakfast programs do not now have that option. I am urging everyone to pitch in again this year and help Foodshare, Connecticut Food Bank and local fire departments help fill that void.”

The Governor said the goal is to collect as much non-perishable food as possible. Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank will organize pick-ups from the fire stations later in the day – and from there it will go to food pantries and people in need all across Connecticut.

The following fire stations have confirmed that they will serve as collection centers from 9:00am until noon:

NORTH WINDHAM

603 Boston Post Road

(about 1 ¼ miles east of Walmart on Route 6)

WILLIMANTIC

13 Bank Street

(off Main Street in Downtown Willimantic)

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