Stocking shelves at Lower Fairfield’s Food Bank
In Connecticut, one out of every five children is hungry or at risk of hunger. In Lower Fairfield County, the need for emergency food has doubled in volume in just the past five years. Since 1984, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County has provided food to organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton. The Food Bank distributes over two million pounds of food every year.
Robbin Handy, one of the Project Leaders for the XL Catlin Global Day of Giving, called the Food Bank to see if they could use some help.
“We started with about 10 people. Now we have 25 to 30 people,” says Robbin. “It’s exciting to have so many volunteers who are open to doing any work order we are presented with when we arrive.” Generally, the volunteers sort through the food on the shelves discarding any expired or open containers. Then, they restock the shelves with newly donated food.
Volunteers learn team work and organizational skills and have the chance to work in a new environment for a day. Robbin says it is a good feeling to know that people she normally works with or even sees on an everyday basis enjoy working at the Food Bank. Her team looks forward to doing odd jobs that the Food Bank doesn’t have the time or help to complete. “They always let us know how appreciative they are of the work we do for them,” Robin adds.