FAIRFIELD, CT — A yr in the past, three Fairfielders gathered on Sherman Inexperienced for an impromptu meals drive, the results of a dialog they’d had on social media lower than 48 hours earlier.
“We had no concept what to anticipate,” stated Heather Dubrosky, recalling the primary quiet minutes on the inexperienced because the trio waited to see if anybody would present up. “After which they began coming, and it by no means stopped.”
As we speak marks the twenty seventh meals drive that Dubrosky, Helene Daly and Alexis Harrison have organized since March 15, 2020. From the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Connecticut, their occasions have provided Fairfield residents a approach to give again to these in want throughout a very troublesome time.
“The wrestle is actual right here in Connecticut,” Harrison stated, noting each time the trio holds a drive, no less than one particular person comes who’s in want of meals. “We really feel like we have now to look out for one another.”
In Fairfield, demand at Operation Hope has risen 42 p.c for the reason that onset of the pandemic, in line with Govt Director Carla Miklos. The ladies usually give to Operation Hope, but in addition make some extent to donate to organizations in decrease revenue areas the place the cabinets at meals pantries are typically empty, reminiscent of Nourish Bridgeport, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Middle for Household Justice.
Since final March, they’ve collected greater than $10,000 and 1000’s of kilos of meals.
Whereas most of their occasions have been drive-thru solely to maximise effectivity and facilitate social distancing, Daly, Dubrosky and Harrison have made an effort so as to add some enjoyable and selection to the drives, with reside music, a meals assortment competitors between native colleges and a Mom’s Day tribute occasion.
The meals drives began as a weekly affair and have regularly change into a month-to-month enterprise, however the trio has no plans to cease. As demand for meals stays excessive, so do donations.
“We have been on the market within the rain, the snow, thunder, lightning, wind, chilly, sweltering warmth,” Daly stated. “It does not matter. They nonetheless come.”
Saturday’s occasion will happen again the place it began, on Sherman Inexperienced, from 10 a.m. to midday. Proceeds will go to Operation Hope.
Requested donations embrace grocery present playing cards and money, canned stew, cooking oil, salad dressing and mayonnaise, pasta aspect dishes, bottled juice, quinoa and different wholesome grains, pie crust combine, pancake syrup, honey, espresso, tuna and canned meats, canned mushrooms, olives, artichokes, sauces and marinades.
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to assist increase consciousness on behalf of the thousands and thousands of Individuals dealing with starvation. Feeding America, which helps 200 meals banks throughout the nation, estimates that in 2020, greater than 54 million Individuals won’t have sufficient nutritious meals to eat as a result of results of the coronavirus pandemic. It is a Patch social good challenge; Feeding America receives one hundred pc of donations. Find out how you can donate in your community or find a food pantry near you.