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Simsbury Summer Harvest Food Drive

Long time resident, selectman will host the drive Sunday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside town hall.

The Simsbury Food Pantry needs help restocking its supplies and a local resident and a selectman have organized a food drive on Sunday, July 17, to do just that.

Plans are also in the works to create a permanent food drop at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards.

Paul Lanza wants to remind people that the holidays are not the only time that people are in need. It’s summer and he is mindful of the residents in Simsbury who are still hurting due to the downturn in the economy. Job losses are still many and families are struggling to put food on their table.

Lanza learned that the Simsbury Food Pantry, part of Simsbury Social Services, is again at a low point and needs donations. Not one to stand idly by, Lanza has reached out to Deputy First Selectman John K. Hampton and they have decided to host a Simsbury Summer Harvest Food Drive, to be held on Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at .

“Times are tough for so many in town and Simsbury takes care of its own,” said Lanza. “We are all in this together and hope folks can give what they can."

Needed items include:

  • ground coffee — regular and decaf
  • maple syrup
  • pancake mix
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned fruit
  • spam
  • hash
  • chicken a la king
  • chow mein
  • jelly
  • marshmallow spread
  • corned beef
  • cereals

Other Items needed are

  • paper towels
  • Saltine crackers
  • juice (bottles or cans)
  • Campbell's Chunky soups and stews
  • Hamburger or Chicken Helper
  • toilet paper

Hampton praised Lanza for taking the lead in this effort.

“Paul Lanza has a big heart and wants to make a difference; I thank him for his kindness and for his outreach. Simsbury is so special because of the warmth and generosity of its citizens,” said Hampton.

For more information, contact Simsbury Social Services at 860-658-3283.

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