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Rotary, Stop & Shop team up to assist food banks
Litchfield.bz (08-14-19)


 
The Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club presented more than $3,000 in donations to local food banks on Tuesday. The money represented the proceeds of a fund drive held at Stop & Shop in Litchfield in the spring. From left are Deirdre DiCara, executive director of the FISH Inc. shelter in Torrington, Sue LoRusso and Bob Kluge of the Rotary Club, Stop & Shop customer service manager Sherry Begey, and FISH Inc. food bank manager Margaret Franzi. BZ photos
 
The Litchfield-Morris Rotary Club and Stop & Shop have teamed up once again to assist local food banks serving the needy.
 
On Tuesday, members of the club and Stop & Shop customer service manager Sherry Begey met with representatives of the food banks at St. Michael’s Church to distribute more than $3,000 that was donated by Stop & Shop customers during a fund drive in the spring.
 
The fund drive represented the latest collaboration between Rotary and Stop & Shop, which serves as the site for Rotary’s annual food drive for the needy over the Thanksgiving weekend.
 
Donations were presented by Rotarian Bob Kluge of Morris, the coordinator of Rotary’s food drive. Recipients were the food pantry at St. Michael’s, Morris Friends and Neighbors, Plymouth Community Food Pantry, Harwinton Food Pantry, Bethlehem Food Pantry, Thomaston Food Pantry, and FISH Inc. and Friendly Hands Food Pantry, both in Torrington.
 
Representatives of the food banks were appreciative of the donations. The demand from needy local residents for food never ceases, they said, and any donations of money or food are welcomed.
 
Below, Bob Kluge of the Rotary Club talks about the club's mission to help local food banks.