FAIRFIELD — Three Fairfield residents are planning to host a social distancing food drive on Saturday.

Alexis Harrison, one of the organizers, said the food drive will benefit the Operation Hope food pantry. She said the drive will be from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the Berkshire Hathaway at 1583 Post Road.

Harrison said the food drive is to help the area’s most vulnerable citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. Harrison said she, Helene Daly and Heather Dubrosky started the food drives after seeing the overwhelming demand that local food pantries and agencies were beginning to experience as a result of the pandemic.

“Fairfield’s Operation Hope food pantry continues to serve 35 percent more families which is expected throughout the summer and fall,” Harrison said in a press release announcing the drive. “Even with many individuals beginning to return to work and with businesses re-opening, families and individuals throughout Fairfield are still experiencing hardship and new financial circumstances.”

Saturday’s event will be the 16th food drive the three women have hosted since March.

Harrison said they are hoping for cash donations, grocery gift cards, cleaning products, Lysol wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, shelf stable milk, green beans, carrots and baked beans, canned fruit, flour, sugar, oil, gravy, muffin mix, cookies, stuffing, salad dressing, ketchup, boxed dried potatoes, peanut butter, jelly, shelf stable juice, ramen packets, canned tomatoes and popcorn.

To donate to Operation Hope online, visit https://operationhopect.org/donate/.