FAIRFIELD, CT — Three Fairfield residents who started weekly community food drives in March will hold their 15th drive Saturday.
The event will take place 10 a.m. to noon in front of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, 1583 Post Road in downtown. It will overlap with the Fairfield Sidewalk Sale.
Helene Daly, Heather Dubrosky and Alexis Harrison began the drives in response to the overwhelming demand local food pantries and agencies experienced due to the spread of the coronavirus. Operation Hope is now serving 35 percent more families, which is expected to continue throughout the summer and into the fall, according to a news release from Harrison. Even with many people beginning to return to work and businesses reopening, Fairfield residents are still experiencing hardships and new financial circumstances.
“Vulnerable members of our community who were most affected by COVID-19 continue to face challenges and needs, including providing food and meals to their families,” Harrison said in the news release. “Fairfield continues to rise to the challenge of helping others, which has been humbling to witness, and it inspires us to keep moving forward with our food drives.”
Items that will be collected include: cash donations, grocery gift cards, shelf-stable milk, canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn and carrots), 14-ounce cans of tomatoes (diced, crushed and sauce), canned chili and stew, crackers, pasta side dishes, cleaning products, Lysol spray, paper towels, Ramen noodle packets, dried potatoes, macaroni and cheese, condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and salad dressing), canned fruit, jelly and stuffing.
To donate to Operation Hope online, go to https://operationhopect.org/donate/.