The Mini Cooper Food Drive Challenge is back for a sequel

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Jenna Linn, of Monroe, stands beside her red Mini Cooper. She will use it to pick up donations for a food drive benefiting the Monroe Food Pantry this Saturday. Contributed

MONROE, CT — Jenna Linn gathered her friends and fellow Mini Cooper enthusiasts to organize a food drive for the Monroe Food Pantry in May and, now that a drive at Stop & Shop fell through, the group is at it again.

A second Mini Cooper Food Drive Challenge will feature curbside donation pickups this Saturday, June 20.

“When we ran this event in May, we were able to collect 962 pounds of curbside donations, representing about 80 residences thanks to our wonderful community,” Linn said in a Facebook post.

“If we can spread the word of this food drive, I am confident we can push to 100 or more residences to help support our local food pantry,” she added. “The goal for the Mini Cooper team is to surpass the previous rally and reach at least 100 residences and more than 1,000 pounds of food donations!”

To donate to the drive, respond as “Going” in a Facebook invite and message Linn via Facebook messenger, providing your address. Then place your donations beside your mailbox before 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Linn said a small fleet of Mini Coopers is ready to collect the curbside donations.

Aside from Saturday’s food drive, those who want to make donations directly to the food pantry may leave nonperishable items in the bin to the left of the building at 980 Monroe Turnpike.

Those wishing to donate perishable items should call Director Kathleen Turner, 203-452-2817 or Henna Ali, director of Monroe Community & Social Services, at 203-452-2815 x4, to arrange a time to drop it off.

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