DANBURY, Conn. – Stop & Shop recently donated nearly $3,000 to the food pantry for the Association of Religious Communities in Danbury.
The Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold, executive director of ARC, received the donation from store manager Richard Marcucio. The check is designated for Comida, ARC’s food pantry. The funds for this donation were raised from the Food for Friends program, which is run in the supermarket and supported by it customers.
John Radaskie, Front End Manager was heavily involved in the Food for Friends program.
“The reason that we so appreciate this donation is that 42 percent of households in Danbury live at or below the poverty line,” Leopold said. “By stocking the shelves of Comida we assist people so that they may be able to use less of their salaries to pay for basic food needs in order to put more of their salary toward rent and housing.”
Last year, over 4,600 people in greater Danbury were helped by Comida. According to End Hunger CT, nearly 14 percent of state residents are food insecure and that figure has increased in recent years.