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This Could be the Biggest Food Drive in Fairfield's 375 Year History

This Could be the Biggest Food Drive in Fairfield's 375 Year History
It's history in the making, while celebrating history.

One of the key events marking Fairfield's 375th anniversary, a town-wide food drive will take place this weekend at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road.

Residents can drop off non-perishable food during these times:
  • Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for a list of foods that are being collected. The Food Drive is also accepting gift cards from Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Whole Foods. Monetary donations are also welcome. 

Every dollar that is donated will go directly towards helping area food pantries, and contributions are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to one of the Food Drive’s partner, the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as follows: “Eunice Dennie Burr DAR-Fairfield 375 Food Drive.” Donations can also be made through the Food Drive’s website,  http://ffldfooddrive375.org/.

“I encourage every member of our community to join fellow residents at this historic food drive, which is one of the Town’s key anniversary events highlighting Fairfield’s long tradition of helping others and spreading our spirited volunteerism that makes our Town so unique, First Selectman Mike Tetreau said. "The food drive will not only help our neighbors in need, but it will also bring together people of all ages throughout this great community making us stronger, more unified and proud of our history."  

There will be marked drive through lanes to minimize waiting and make it easier for vehicles to get in and out of the campus when dropping off donations. There is also parking available for those who wish to stay and enjoy stage coach rides and music.

Food collected at the drive will be donated to Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission and The Thomas Merton House. Every week, these organizations help feed hundreds of needy families in Fairfield and surrounding towns. Food will also be given to Fairfield-based, A Project From the Heart, which is a group of local volunteers who send care packages to deployed troops.

The food drive, which is chaired by 375 Anniversary Member Dan Caruso, Fairfield’s Probate Judge, is a community-wide effort, bringing together people of all ages. 

Judge Caruso said, “We’re looking forward to seeing our community come out and work together to support their neighbors in need. There are many struggling families here in Fairfield and our surrounding towns. They may be a friend, neighbor, relative or a stranger. They are hungry at home and, through this town-wide act of generosity and kindness, may just be able to make it another day, week, month, keep their home and their families together until things get better.”

It is not too late to become a sponsor — $100 sponsorship opportunities are available to all businesses, families, groups and individuals wanting to make a difference. In exchange for becoming a sponsor, a lawn sign will be displayed along the entrance to the Food Drive, prominently displaying the contributor’s name or the name of the organization or business. 

The food drive is also seeking volunteers to greet, check-in, lift, organize, feed, cleanup and help out at the event. Anyone interested in volunteering can access the food drive’s volunteer sign up page at VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/bKzNPL.   

For more information, email 375fooddrive@gmail.com, call 203-254-5105, "Like" the event on Facebook (Fairfield 375 Food Drive), or visit   http://ffldfooddrive375.org/.

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