The first of four weekly food distributions was held on Friday.
By Ronni Newton
Mayors from three Hartford area towns are collaborating for the Mayors United Food Distribution, a volunteer effort to help address hunger in the region.
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, Bloomfield Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, and Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, and dozens of volunteers, handed out 1,800 pre-packaged boxes of food and gallon jugs of milk at the drive-through event held at the Rehoboth Church of God in Bloomfield on Friday.
According to Cantor, there was a big line of about 500 cars, when the distribution began at 10 a.m., and then a steady flow of cars after 10:45 throughout the remainder of the event, which ran until 2:30 p.m.
Gov. Ned Lamont stopped by to offer his support and assistance as well.
The Mayors United Food Distribution will have three more distributions in the month of October: on Oct. 16, 23, and 30. The food boxes are available to anyone who needs one, and there is no need to prove residency in the three towns.
Volunteers are welcome, and must be at least 18 years of age and able to lift 22 pounds. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided, and refreshments will also be served to all volunteers.
To register as a volunteer, contact Yvette Huyghue-Pannell, Bloomfield Senior Services at [email protected], 860-243-8361 OR Camilla Hillian, Bloomfield Social & Youth Services, [email protected], 8600-242-1895.
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