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Five-town area firefighters seek food donations for charity

BRISTOL AREA — Firefighters in the northeast part of Addison County are showing that their service extends beyond just dousing flames. The Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven & Starksboro Fire Departments will once again be conducting a town-wide food drive on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Their theme is once again: “Help Us Fill The Firehouse.”
The 2018 food drive will be the fifth year that the drive will include all five towns that are served by the Have-A-Heart Food Shelf. Starksboro Fire held their drive on Saturday, Oct. 20, but the Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and New Haven departments will open their station doors on this Saturday to accept nonperishable foods.
The Have-A-Heart Food Shelf serves over 65 households, approximately 150 individuals from each community in the five-town area. Traditionally, the number of families served increases this time of year, especially with the holiday season not far off.
The 2018 “Fill the Firehouse” food drive is the departments’ 11th year and through the generosity of each of the Five-Town communities, they have collected over 15,000 pounds of non-perishable food and paper products. Please consider making a donation this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at your local fire station.
“Currently our food supply is very low. This annual food drive will fill the shelves and get us through the winter when demand usually increases,” said Rebecca Price, director of the food shelf. “We are very grateful to the firefighters for their service to our community and for this annual food drive.”
Suggested donations: spaghetti sauce, veggies, soup, tuna, fruit, beans, peanut butter, cereal, rice, mac & cheese, juice and pasta, plus items not covered by food stamps including toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes, bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner. Holiday items needed include canned pumpkin, stuffing mix, cranberries, evaporated milk, turkey gravy and pie crust.

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