The Old Saybrook Fire Department with 10 other shoreline *area volunteer fire departments will host a Food Drive on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to collect much-needed food items for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
The event will held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Saybrook Fire Department headquarters at 310 Main St.
“The need remains great to help the Shoreline Soup Kitchens replenish pantries and provide food to those who rely on its services to help make ends meet,” said Max Sabrin, Food Drive Coordinator. “In the past, the shoreline community has always been extra generous, and we hope residents and businesses will turn out to help those in need,” he said.
Sabrin thanked the owners and management of the Stop an Shop supermarket in Old Saybrook for kicking off the OSFD food drive by donating a “starter package” of six bags stuffed with non-perishable food items for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
The Shoreline-based Soup Kitchens & Pantries has seen a profound increase in those needing its services. In 2006, the organization served 1,604 people across its 11-town coverage area. During this year’s first six months alone, it’s already served 3,835 needy in *Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River.
Among the critical non-perishable foods needed: soups, meals-in-a-can, juice, canned fruit, white rice/pasta, breakfast cereals, peanut butter and Spam.
Those donating non-perishable food are reminded that OSFD firefighters cannot collect cash or non-food items during the Saturday, April 21 event. For more information about the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries or to volunteer, visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org