Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center

 This Saturday, 3/9/13, The Backus Federation of Nurses, SPFPA (our hospital security and support staff union), the the United Way will hold a food drive at Stop and Shop in Norwich from 8:30-2;30.

This will be the third food drive we have held in the past 18 months.  In the first 2 drives we collected over 3,000 pounds of food from the generous people of the Norwich area.  The food goes to restock the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.
Since 1988, the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center, located in New London, has played a key role in providing one of the building blocks to a good quality of life by feeding food insecure individuals and families all across our community.Alleviating Hunger in New London County
The Food Center is one of three food banks in the state. Every year, the Food Center distributes more than two million pounds of donated, surplus food to 96 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, child care centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly. These member agencies in turn provide food and meals to 20,000 men, women and children throughout New London County each month.
My favorite story from past food drives was when a lady, on her way into the store, mentioned that she was having tough times, and was close to needing the food pantry herself.  Our members empathised with her and told her not to worry, they knew when would help when things improved for her.
On her way out she stopped, dropped a can of soup in our carriage, and stated, "I realized while I was shopping that there is always someone worse off than myself" 
THAT is the spirit that the food center was built on.
If you can help, please come by Saturday.  Donate what you can, be that food, time, or both. 
I guarantee you that you will get back more than you give.