Community News: Food drives benefit Monroe’s pantry, Kelly supports Spooner House

MONROE, CT — Volunteers participating in the Mini Coopers Food Drive Challenge did curbside pickups from 90 addresses, representing 138 homes, to bring over 2,250 pounds of donations to the Monroe Food Pantry last weekend.

Kathleen Turner, coordinator of the Monroe Food Pantry, waves to volunteers, thanking them for their food donations Saturday.

Jenna Linn, an organizer of the food drive, said this exceeded their goal of reaching 100 residences.

The food drive, the second this year, was carried out by five Mini Cooper enthusiasts.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for helping our event be such a success,” Linn wrote in a Facebook post. “You guys are the best group of overachievers.”

“I want to give a shoutout to the Stepney Fire Department, who graciously donated again to our food drive,” she added. “Their donation represented 25 individuals and probably about 1,000-plus pounds of food.”

Linn also gave special thanks to Natasha Auguste-Williams, for her ambitious efforts in collecting donations from 18 residences — even from some as far away as New York.

“This event has been an absolute pleasure,” Linn said. “Thank you for making it such a success. We did all of this together.”

Jenna and Jason Linn participated in the event with their four sons, Debi and Dennis Mostowy and Beth and Amy McMorris.

Drive-In Trivia Night benefits Pantry

Fifty families attending a drive-in trivia night enjoyed an evening of fun and social distancing, while collecting 180 pounds of food for the Monroe Food Pantry, according to Monroe Parks and Recreation Director Missy Orosz.

Orosz said the event was held a few weeks ago.

Stepping up for Spooner House

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, a Republican who represents a portion of Monroe, is joining fellow state legislators and Echo Hose Ambulance in hosting a food drive at the Spooner House of Shelton on Wednesday, July 1, at Elizabeth Shelton School, 138 Willoughby Road in Shelton, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Joining Kelly in this effort are state representatives Jason Perillo, R-Shelton, and Ben McGorty, R-122nd.

The event will follow social distancing guidelines to protect the health of donors and volunteers. Donations can be picked up directly from your vehicle. No need to step out of your car.

For a full list of needed items visit:

Priority items needed include: canned chicken, tuna, stewed/diced tomatoes, cereal, canned fruit, beans, rice (medium bags), applesauce, peanut butter and jelly, sugar/sweet-n-low, grits, pancake mix, syrup, hearty soups/chili, crackers, gallon Ziplock bags, aluminum foil, pasta sauce.

Kelly also represents Stratford, Seymour and Shelton in Connecticut’s 21st senatorial district.

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