RESTOCKING LOCAL FOOD BANKS AND “FEEDING OUR FAMILIES”:  ACCESS JOINS NBC CONNECTICUT, TELEMUNDO CONNECTICUT & STOP & SHOP TO ANNOUNCE MASSIVE, TRI-STATE FOOD DRIVE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13

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Elisha Sherman, Communications and Development Coordinator

(860) 450-7400, ext. 7456 / elisha.sherman@accessagency.org

March 21, 2019

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

RESTOCKING LOCAL FOOD BANKS AND “FEEDING OUR FAMILIES”:  ACCESS JOINS NBC CONNECTICUT, TELEMUNDO CONNECTICUT & STOP & SHOP TO ANNOUNCE MASSIVE, TRI-STATE FOOD DRIVE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Over 1,000 volunteers will collect non-perishable items and financial donations at more than 250 Stop & Shop locations in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut news anchors and reporters will visit collection locations to thank volunteers and encourage local giving

WEST HARTFORD, CT – (March 18, 2019) – Joining together to help Tri-State food banks replenish non-perishable supplies and sustain essential anti-hunger efforts, the NE CT Food Pantries of Access announced that they are joining with NBC Connecticut / WVIT, Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM and Stop & Shop on Saturday, April 13 for the third annual Feeding Our Families (or Alimentando a Nuestras Familias in Spanish) food drive. The food collection drive will take place at all local Stop & Shop locations throughout Connecticut between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM.  Please visit nbcconnecticut.com/fooddrive or telemundonuevainglaterra.com\alimentar to access a map of Stop & Shop locations.

One of the largest, single-day, multi-state food drives in the Northeast, Feeding our Families has generated more than two million meals for local families in the first two years of the drive. With food pantries such as Access facing their greatest need between the months of January and August, more than 300 tons of essential non-perishable goods have also been donated to eight regional food banks by NBC and Telemundo viewers during that time.  

WHO/ WHAT:              The NE Food Pantries of Access joins NBC Connecticut / WVIT, Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM, Stop & Shop supermarkets and seven other food bank and food rescue organizations for a massive, one-day multi-state food and volunteer drive to help eradicate hunger in our communities.

WHEN:                           Saturday, April 13 between 9 AM and 6 PM.

 

WHERE:                        Viewers can visit any Stop & Shop location in Connecticut and place donation items inside clearly labeled collection bins. Please visit nbcconnecticut.com/fooddrive or telemundonuevainglaterra.com\alimentar to access a map of all participating Stop & Shop locations. Visit Access at the Stop and Shop of Dayville, 1094 Killingly Commons Dr.

 

DONATIONS:                Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items, including frequently requested items like baby diapers are most in need. For a sample “shopping list” of the most requested non-perishable items, please visit nbcconnecticut.com/fooddrive or telemundonuevainglaterra.com\alimentar.  Volunteers will also distribute this list to shoppers visiting all participating Stop & Shop locations on Saturday, April 13.


“NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are excited to be a part of the state’s largest single day food drive, Feeding our Families! We are dedicated to connecting with our community and this event is a perfect example of how our loyal viewers, local food banks and dedicated employees come together to fight hunger and help our neighbors in need” said Susan Tully, NBC CT and Telemundo CT President and General Manager.

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut will be broadcasting live from several Stop & Shop locations on Saturday, April 13. The presenters, reporters and employees of both stations will also visit the Stop & Shop supermarkets that day to support the collection efforts.

Stop & Shop is one of the Tri-State’s largest supermarket retailers, and the brand has been a strong partner of area food banks and hunger relief organizations for many years. Stop & Shop is committed to helping its communities enjoy better food and better lives – and to help put an end to hunger. Each year, the brand donates millions of meals to communities with food insecurity throughout the region.

“This is the third year that Stop & Shop has joined with NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut to host the Feeding our Families food drive, and we’re looking forward to making this year’s campaign our largest and most successful yet,“ said Jennifer Brogan, Stop & Shop Director of External Communications and Community Relations. “We know that food insecurity remains a challenge in every community and together with our customers, we’ll be helping local food banks to restock their shelves and to deliver hundreds of thousands of meals to our neighbors who need them the most.”

Unique to NBC Connecticut / WVIT and Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM’s Feeding our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive is the “Give 4” recruitment initiative. Those that register to volunteer four hours of their time every four months at local food banks can aid in more ways than stocking shelves, packing supplies and making local deliveries. “Give 4” donors can also assist local food banks and rescue operations through non-physical, customized tasks including accounting, social media, digital marketing and advertising, among others.

“In participating in ‘Feeding Our Families’ last year we collected almost 2,000lbs of food and $440 for the Access food pantries that serve NE CT,” says Kim Brod-Houle, the Access Food Bank Coordinator. All Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items were given to local families in need”. If you are interested in volunteering for this event with Access please call Kathleen Krider, Senior Director of Community Engagement at 860-450-7455.

For more information on the April 13 Feeding Our Families / Alimentando a Nuestras Familias food and volunteer drive, please visit nbcconnecticut.com, TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com and StopandShop.com or any participating food bank or food rescue organization.

About NBC Connecticut

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT serves its audience with local news and weather information across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT and online at NBCConnecticut.com. The station is Connecticut’s leader with Facebook and Instagram followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through a customized application. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

 

About Telemundo Connecticut                                                                                                                           Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM is Telemundo’s local owned television serving Spanish-language viewers in Hartford, New Haven and Springfield, Connecticut. The station delivers its audiences 10 hours of local news as well as Telemundo network’s world-class programming across all platforms. Telemundo Connecticut features Noticiero Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra, the only local Spanish-language weekday newscast that delivers live, local news, real-time weather forecasts, as well as consumer reports and sports information. WRDM is co-located with NBC Connecticut / WVIT in West Hartford. Telemundo Connecticut’s information can be accessed online at TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com, through the “Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra” mobile app, the station’s social media channels and on local over-the-air channels 19.1 in Hartford and 50.1 in Springfield, Frontier/AT&T channel 13, Cox channel 20, Altice/Optimum/Cablevision channel 16, and Comcast HD channel 1051.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 61,000 associates and operates 419 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold USA company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

About Access

The Access Community Action Agency is designated by the federal and state government as the anti-poverty agency in northeast Connecticut.  Access provides food, affordable housing, job readiness services, and other pathways to economic self-reliance for vulnerable limited-income families and individuals throughout the region.

For more information about the services Access provides, visit us on the web at www.accessagency.org; or call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area or (860) 412-1600 In the Danielson area.

 

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