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Caring to share: Fairfielders share their bounty on 375th anniversary

Published 3:56 pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014

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  • Joe Giffune handed a food donation to volunteers Sydney Burr and Caroline Ketcher on Saturday, the opening day of Fairfield's Townwide Food Drive at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Fairfield Citizen
    Joe Giffune handed a food donation to volunteers Sydney Burr and Caroline Ketcher on Saturday, the opening day of Fairfield's Townwide Food Drive at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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It was all about sharing Fairfield's bounty.

Despite a rainy start to the day, car after car pulled up to the drop-off stations set up to collect food for Fairfield's two-day Townwide Food Drive, which kicked off Saturday morning at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road.

The event, planned in conjunction with Fairfield's 375th anniversary celebration, is scheduled to continue Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two food-collection areas were staffed by more than 200 volunteers.

In addition to food, organizers were accepting gift cards to Stop & Shop or ShopRite, as well as financial donations, according to Norma Peterson, the events operations director.

"One of the things that characterizes Fairfield is its generosity, so we're giving folks the opportunity to provide food and other donations to groups in need," Peterson said,

In advance of the weekend drive, local religious communities, schools, clubs and civic organizations had collected food for the townwide project and then transported them to Ludlowe for distribution to area food pantries and homeless shelters.