MANCHESTER – The 12th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive, composed of 1st Responders, Rotary members, and others, was a great success. All donations went to benefit South Windsor Food & Fuel bank and Manchester Area Conferences of Churches food pantry. This year, we collected food, gift cards and cash at Highland Park Market, Geisler’s and Stop & Shop in both South Windsor and Manchester. With added precautions in place to ensure the safety of the participants as well as the donors, we finished strong and here are the results:
South Windsor Totals: Food Items: 8,984 Turkeys: 160 Cash: $12,000
Manchester Totals: Food Items: 7,723 Turkeys: 366 Cash: $18,691.73
Combined Totals: Food Items: 16,707 Turkeys: 526 Cash: $30,691.73
ASM would like to thank everyone involved for making this year’s food drive a success, despite the added challenges.
Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop South Windsor, Geissler’s, Manchester Police Department, South Windsor Police Department, Harbor Chase, South Windsor Rotary Club, Manchester Police Explorers, South Windsor Fire Department, Manchester Community College and all of hard working staff at Ambulance service of Manchester.
Manchester and South Windsor first responders to collect donated food
HARTFORD COURANT |
NOV 10, 2020 AT 5:57 PM
Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester. (Courtesy of Patrick Gleason/ASM)
MANCHESTER — Police, firefighters and ambulance crews will team up with other organizations for the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive benefiting food pantries in Manchester and South Windsor.
This weekend and next, volunteers will collect donated turkeys, nonperishable food items, gift cards and cash donations at supermarkets in both towns.
Organized by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, this is the 12th annual drive. All donations will go to Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities, which runs a community kitchen and food pantry, and South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, drive spokesman Patrick Gleason of ASM said Tuesday.
The collection is “very critical this year,” MACC Charities Executive Director Beth Stafford said.
“Need is up and more and more ‘new’ families are looking for help with food, especially holiday meals,” Stafford said.
The South Windsor Fuel and Food Bank is run through the town’s human services department. The annual food drive stocks the pantry’s shelves for the winter months, department Director Andrea Cofrancesco said.
The need for donations in South Windsor also has increased, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cofrancesco said.
“We’ve seen people that we’ve never seen before. They’re in a different situation now than they were,” she said.
Partners in the effort include Manchester and South Windsor police and fire departments, Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop supermarkets, Geissler’s Supermarket, Manchester Police Explorers, South Windsor Rotary Club and Harbor Chase at Evergreen Walk.
Collection places and times are: Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., Manchester, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in Manchester, 318 West Middle Turnpike, Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, Nov. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., Nov. 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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ECHN Life Saving Award goes to South Windsor Police, Public Safety Dispatcher Rachel Burnham, Sgt. Ronald Littell, Officer Heather LaRock, and Officer Edmund Klein who helped delivered a breech birth while Rodney Bailey EMT-P and Jeff Rasmussen EMT-P from ASM provided post birth care. Congratulations on a job well done!
On September 11th members of the South Windsor Fire Department and Police department gathered with residents of South Windsor to commemorate the loss of nearly 3000 lives on 09/11. Paramedic, Jeffery Rasmussen and EMT Raymond Philbrick represented ASM and joined more than three dozen people attending the memorial that took place at South Windsor Fire Department Headquarters memorial garden.