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Labor Department Employees Collecting Food, Donations to Help State’s Hungry Residents
Agency Taking Part in 25th Annual Governor’s Care & Share Drive

For immediate release
November 20, 2008

WETHERSFIELD,  Connecticut Department of Labor employees are extending a helping hand this holiday season by taking part in the 25th Annual Governor's Care & Share food drive program. The agency is collecting food and monetary donations between Nov. 18 and Dec. 12. 

The need this year is especially urgent,” explains Deputy Commissioner Linda L. Agnew. “Statistics show that approximately 100,000 people in greater Hartford alone visit a local food pantry each year and that one-third of the households needing help have at least one adult working. Hunger is a year-round problem and we hope our donations will provide assistance to needy families well beyond the holiday season.” 

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. 

For every dollar contributed by agency employees, the regional food bank will be able to purchase $10 worth of groceries, Agnew notes.  "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," she said. "According to Foodshare, most people in need are families, and approximately 40 percent of those using our local food pantries are children.”  

Care & Share drop-off sites have been set up in each of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s offices throughout the state, Agnew adds. 

”We hope to exceed last year’s collection amount,” she 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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