In the spirit of coming together for the holiday season and helping Fairfield families in need, a bipartisan group of state and local officials hosted a food drive for the Operation Hope food pantry that netted more than 30 recycling bins filled with food and other supplies. The post-Thanksgiving food pantry drive was Nov. 30 on the Town Hall Green.
"The community support in terms of both food donations and volunteers was fantastic," said Carla Miklos, executive director of Operation Hope.
"The difference in our pantry today versus three weeks ago is remarkable and we are so grateful that so many came together for the benefit of people who need a little help to make ends meet."
Winter is an especially hard time for those in need, according to Miklos, and nonperishable goods for the pantry as well as prepared meals for the Operation Hope shelter are always welcome, she said.
Officials hosting and promoting the drive included state Reps. Tony Hwang, Brenda Kupchick and Kim Fawcett, state Sen. John McKinney, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Selectmen Cristin McCarthy Vahey and Kevin Kiley.
Visit http://www.operationhopect.org/help/ to donate or volunteer for Operation Hope.