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.
The 12th Annual “Emergency of Hunger Food Drive” kicked off over the weekend at Manchester’s Highland Park Market and Stop & Shop. Ambulance Service of Manchester teamed up with Manchester Police and the Police Explorers to help collect food items, gift cards, and cash over this past weekend.
Next weekend, collection points are Manchester Stop & Shop as well as South Windsor’s Geissler Supermarket and Stop & Shop. All donations will go to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charity and South Windsor Food & Fuel Bank. With the increase in challenges and food insecurities, it’s more important than ever that we come together to help our friends, families, and neighbors alleviate the added pressure. We hope to see all of you this coming weekend!
A special thanks to all of the Manchester Community College NSMH, and PTK volunteers that helped us unload the full food trucks.
With a helping hand and caring heart we are helping end hunger in our community. #MCCNSMH, #NSMHWORLD, #NSMHLIFE , #cougarality, #fighthunger, #PTKMCC
On Thursday April 2nd, 2020 Molly Devanney from Highland Park Market dropped off a freezer full of ice cream at ASM. Molly and other staff at Highland Park wanted to show their appreciation for First Responders during these difficult times. Thank you for thinking of us!
This weekend, Ambulance Service of Manchester will be collecting food at the following locations for our 11th Annual “Emergency of Hunger Food Drive. We hope to see you soon!
- Stop & Shop in Manchester, 318 West Middle Turnpike 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
by Jesse Leavenworth
First responders and other volunteers in Manchester, South Windsor and Vernon will be collecting food and cash donations to stock area food pantries, starting in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.
Coordinated by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive is in its 11th year. This year, Highland Park Market is joining the effort, hosting collections at the Manchester store, food drive spokesman Patrick Gleason said.
Along with police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews, participants include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, Hockanum Valley Community Council, South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Police Explorers and Rotary Club members.
On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will be collecting turkeys, chickens, non-perishable food items, cash and gift cards at Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., and Stop & Shop supermarket, 318 West Middle Turnpike. Collections on both days are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Collections are to continue on Nov. 23 and 24 at both Manchester locations and at the South Windsor Stop & Shop, 1739 Ellington Road; Geissler’s supermarket in South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave.; Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road; and the Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road.
Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Devanney of Highland Park Market surprised ASM road crews and office staff with ice cream on Thursday. Molly and other staff at Highland Park wanted to show their appreciation for First Responders. The timing was perfect with the temperatures hovering near 90 degrees for most of the week. ASM would like give our sincere thanks to Highland Park Market for all of their support at events held throughout the course of the year.
On Sunday, June 9th Aetna and ASM came together to compete in the 2019 “You’re Killing Me Smalls,” softball tournament. On this beautiful sunny day, players, friends and family enjoyed food, drinks and games while the teams battled it out. Highland Park Market graciously donated ice cream for both the players and the spectators. Aetna took the lead,winning the first two games, showing that they came to play. ASM fought back,winning the next two games, setting up a winner take all final game to determine the champion. In the end ASM defeated Aetna 20 – 13 and took the trophy home. The trophy will remain with ASM until next year’s games! All proceeds from the event will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Message from ASM’s coach:
I would first like to say thank you. Without the players, fans and management this would never have been possible. We were looking for good weather, we got that for sure. We asked for two good teams and what we got was two great teams. Everyone played their hearts out. I truly appreciate all the thanks received from everyone. A coach is nothing without great players so, I thank you again and I look forward to coaching in the future.
Stay tuned for kickball, it’s next!