In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, a drive will be held to collect backpacks with healthy snacks. All donated items will be distributed to programs helping area children through the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center.
The drive will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Madry Temple Church, 25 Manwaring Street in New London. New, Unisex backpacks filled with healthy snacks appropriate for children ages 7 – 12 are sought. Volunteers will be on-hand at the Church throughout the day to try and fill the Gemma E. Moran United Way Labor Food Center truck.
The Gemma E Moran United Way Labor Food Center, a program of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, provides food and household items to 96 free food distribution sites throughout New London County. These sites include shelters, food pantries, after-school programs, day care centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly. Last year, the Food Center distributed 2,163,423 pounds of food which is equivalent to 1,664,171 meals. The Food Center helps to feed more than 20,000 people each month through its partner program sites.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, focusing on helping children to thrive, providing basic human needs, and promoting independence and community wellness. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. Everyone is invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. That’s what it means to Live United.
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based organization serving the towns of New London County.