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Labor Department Employees Collecting Food, Donations to Help State’s Residents

For immediate release
November 9, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut Department of Labor employees are extending a helping hand this holiday season by taking part in the 24thAnnual Governor's Care & Share food drive program.

Agency employees will kick off their effort on Nov. 13 and collect food and monetary donations through Dec. 7. 

"Hunger is a problem that exists throughout the year and we hope that our donations will provide assistance to needy families well beyond the holiday season,” noted Deputy Commissioner Linda L. Agnew. “For every dollar contributed by agency employees, the regional food bank can purchase $10 worth of groceries. Approximately 100,000 people in greater Hartford alone visit a local food pantry each year and statistics show that one-third of these households needing help have at least one adult working.” 

Non-perishable food items and monetary donations collected in the Hartford area will go to Windsor-based Foodshare, the regional food bank that distributes more than 11 tons of food per day to 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelter and community kitchens. In the other parts of the state, the agency will coordinate its involvement with the Connecticut Food Bank, soup kitchens and community food pantries.

"Falling as it does in the midst of the traditional holiday season that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, the Governor's Care & Share drive serves as a timely reminder that not everyone in our state has a place to live or enough to eat," Agnew said. "According to Foodshare, most people in need are families, and approximately 40 percent of those who use local food pantries are children.”  

According to Agnew, Care & Share drop-off sites have been established in each Connecticut Department of Labor office. During the 2006 Governor's Care & Share drive, Labor Department employees collected more than 2,500 pounds of food in addition to monetary donations. 

”We hope to exceed last year’s collection amount,” Agnew said. “It’s a good feeling to know that as the result of our efforts, many families and individuals who might otherwise have to do without, will be able to enjoy a happier holiday season."

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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