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Greenwich’s Neighbor to Neighbor looks to restock food pantry

May 3, 2019

GREENWICH — Neighbor to Neighbor is calling on the Greenwich community to take part in an annual nationwide food drive to help fill the shelves in its food pantry.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will partner with Neighbor to Neighbor for its 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. More than 10,000 food agencies across the country participate in this massive national campaign.

The “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is a staple for Greenwich’s local food pantry. To date, more than 200,000 pounds of food have been donated to help restock pantry shelves at Neighbor to Neighbor. Donated items will be used to combat the decline in local donations, which happens during the summer months.

Greenwich residents are encouraged to look for yellow shopping bags in their mailbox starting on Monday. The bags, provided by Kings Food Markets, are ideal for filling with nonperishable, nonexpired food items suitable for donation. Items to donate include canned soup, canned tuna, dried noodles, rice and dried fruits.

On Saturday, May 11, during their regular routes, local letter carriers will collect the bags and deliver them to Neighbor to Neighbor, where volunteers will help unload postal trucks, sort items, and stock food pantry shelves.

This year, Neighbor to Neighbor has added a new online giving option for people who would like to donate fresh produce.

Those who wish to donate online can pay for fruits and vegetables via a secure donation portal. Items include sweet potatoes, bananas and apples. Once the items are paid for, delivery will be made to Neighbor to Neighbor’s food pantry, and the fresh items will be given out immediately to clients in need of healthy food options.

Online donations can be made at www.ntngreenwich.org.

Neighbor to Neighbor creates access to nutritious food, in-season clothing, and household items to area residents in need. Each week, the organization provides healthy food options at no cost for 1,000 Greenwich residents, half of whom are children.