A group of Fairfield officials including State Representatives Tony Hwang (R-134), Brenda Kupchick (R-132), State Senator John McKinney (R-28) and First Selectman Mike Tetreau collaborated with Operation Hope hosting a post-Thanksgiving Food Pantry Drive last weekend at the Town Hall Green.
Operation Hope’s Food Pantry is a volunteer-run and operated food pantry that assists families in meeting their basic food needs, and connects them with other resources to help eliminate their food insecurity.
"The community support in terms of both food donations and volunteers was fantastic,” said Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope. “We collected over 30 recycling bins filled with food and other supplies. The difference in our pantry today versus three weeks ago is remarkable and we are so grateful that so many came together for the benefit of people who need a little help to make ends meet.”
“I am grateful for the efforts of Operation Hope, the youth volunteers from the Wakeman Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and all of the good people of Fairfield who contributed to this weekend’s food drive,” said Sen. McKinney. “Fall and winter months in Connecticut are especially trying times for individuals and families who don’t have the food and shelter they need. We need to continue to continue to come together as a community to support our neighbors in need.”
"It was heartwarming to see so many members of our community come together to help those in need," said Rep. Kupchick. "I want to thank everyone who donated and came out to show their support. I also want to thank the volunteers and our towns Department of Public Works who assisted in moving the food to Operation Hope."
“Time and again, the Fairfield community has stepped up to help our fellow citizens,” said First Selectman Tetreau. “The outpouring of support was overwhelming and the kindness of those who volunteered their time or made a donation on Saturday reflects the goodness and caring spirit that make Fairfield so special.”