'Emergency of Hunger' asks people to look beyond their own needs

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester, South Windsor, Rockville, Vernon - posted Sat., Nov. 12, 2011
South Windsor Police Chief Matthew Reed (l) and Vernon Police Chief James Kenny (r) with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at last year's 'Emergency of Hunger' food drive. Photo by John Marinelli. - Contributed Photo

The third annual “Emergency of Hunger” food drive will be held at certain Stop & Shop locations in the towns of Manchester, South Windsor, Rockville and Vernon on Nov. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Food security was a source of distress for many during this storm,” said David Skoczulek, director of business development and community relations for the Ambulance Service of Manchester. "I am thinking that thought may resonate and help us in collecting food for those in need.”

Each town will have a team consisting of representatives from police, fire, and public works departments, EMS professionals, employees of Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) and Rotary Club volunteers. Last year, Vernon/Rockville collected 32,574 food items, 1,735 turkeys and more than $20,000 in cash and gift cards for needy families during the holidays.

This year, South Windsor will join in the friendly competition to see which team can collect the most turkeys, food items and cash. According to Skoczulek, the police chiefs have agreed to a new wager… A picture of the chief from the winning team will be prominently displayed in the lobby of the two other chief’s departments for the year 2012.

The proceeds will be donated to Vernon’s Hockanum Valley Community Council, the Manchester Area Council of Churches Charities and South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank.

The participating locations are the Manchester Stop & Shop, located at 286 Broad St.; Rockville’s Stop & Shop at 50 Windsorville Road, the Stop & Shop in Vernon at 10 Pitkin Road; and South Windsor’s Stop & Shop at 1739 Ellington Road. Flyers will be distributed at the store entrances, identifying the priority items being collected. Donations will be collected at the store exits from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Manchester location will also be accepting donations on Nov. 12 and 13.

“I understand that the focus for many right now is in getting their own lives back in order,” said Skoczulek. “We’re hoping that folks really come through for us again this year, even as they deal with their own adversity. It’s definitely clear that the need is greater than ever.” For more information, call David Skoczulek at 860-647-9798, ext. 249, or 860-250-3075, or contact him via e-mail at davids@asm-aetna.com.

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