Food drive for Bristol Good Neighbors underway


Residents in the northern portion of Bristol may have seen a white, plastic bag hanging from their mailbox while collecting their mail recently.

Those bags were placed with a message from the Bristol Rotary Club and Bristol Fire Department, two local organizations that have teamed up to host a food drive for the Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen.

"With funding sources depleting for nonprofits there is a greater need for individuals within the community to help their neighbors," said Ann Wiard, executive director of Bristol Good Neighbors. "In 2013 our soup kitchen saw a 6 percent increase in the number of meals served, while our food pantry continued to serve a steady number of clients."

Bristol Good Neighbors is in need of non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter and jelly, meal in a can, tuna, pasta and sauce, cereal, macaroni and cheese, soup, canned vegetables, and canned fruit.

Residents are asked to leave the items in the bag at their front door on Sunday, Jan. 26, when a volunteer will pick them up.

Items may also be dropped off at Bank Newport, located at 6 Gooding Ave., between 11 a.m. and 2 p. .m. that day.


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