BRISTOL – Fresh food will be handed out free to city residents on Tuesday, June 30.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Produce Distribution program is coming to Bristol that day, thanks to the joint efforts of the United Way of West Central Connecticut and the city.
Donna Osuch, United Way president/CPO, said she was made aware of the opportunity through a Torrington food pantry that is administering the federal grant.
“Due to the sheer volume of food, they need area partners to ensure it doesn’t go to waste,” said Osuch. “Due to the success of the city’s ‘Bristol All Heart Hotline’ and all the resources that the mayor’s office was able to mobilize in the early days of Covid-19, I was confident that we could turn this around in a short amount of time so that we can distribute the 1,430 boxes of fresh produce that is coming in.”
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu stated that this a good opportunity to solve some food insecurity issues.
“In consultation with our Public Works staff, we decided to copy the format that we use for our household hazardous waste collections and do the food distribution at the Public Works Yard, located at 95 Vincent P. Kelley Road, off of Route 229/Middle Street,” said Zoppo-Sassu.
The distribution will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.
The pallets of food boxes will be unloaded from the truck and divided into five stations with volunteers at each station. The line of cars will be directed into the line, and to a station where the food will be put into the back seat or the trunk.
“No one will have to get out of the car,” said Public Works Analyst Lindsey Rivers. “After those five cars receive their boxes, they will exit and the next five cars will move up and be loaded.”
Area soup kitchens and pantries are also being invited to come and pick up boxes, as are residents of the other United Way communities – Plymouth, Burlington, and Plainville.
Osuch noted that this service will be available every other Tuesday, although the location may change, based on how the logistics for the first event develop. The next scheduled date would be July 14.
For more information on the Farmers to Families program, call the Mayor’s Office at 860-584-6250.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.