WILTON, Conn. – Wilton residents and mail carriers were part of a recent multitown effort that collected more than 76,000 pounds of groceries to benefit needy families in the area.
A total of 112 postal trucks covering 117 routes in Wilton, Norwalk and Darien collected groceries from hundreds of households on May 11 — in the rain — as part of the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The groceries were delivered to Person-to-Person, a Darien-based nonprofit that provides emergency services to low-income families living in lower Fairfield County, the agency announced.
Enough canned goods and other nonperishable food items were collected to stock Person-to-Person’s food pantries in Norwalk and Darien for three months, the nonprofit said in a statement. Additionally, 12,000 pounds of the total collected groceries were donated to other local nonprofits including Homes With Hope, Open Door Shelter, PIVOT Ministries and the Salvation Army, according to the statement.
“The event this year was a veritable food flood,” said Ed Kearns, site manager of Person-to-Person's Norwalk facility. “Yes, it poured down rain, but when the postal trucks started arriving with their deliveries, we were absolutely, totally amazed at the sheer volume of donations.”
In the spirit of not letting any food go to waste, expired items appropriate for farm animals were donated to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center to feed the pigs and chickens, the nonprofit said.
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