REDDING, Conn. -- As you cast your vote this Tuesday, you can also help your fellow citizens in need, since the offices of the Redding Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters are partnering to help restock the Redding Food Pantry.
This time of year, food pantry supplies are low, and officials are hoping to continue fill the shelves, as residents come to the Community Center to vote on Election Day. The offices have had fliers up and donation boxes out at Town Hall for people who have come in to register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot.
This is the first year these offices have tied food-pantry donations to the election season. Town Clerk Michele Grandee told Daily Voice that it was a suggestion out of the registrar's office.
"We thought it was a good idea, since we have so many people coming in to absentee vote," she said.
Here are some of the current needs for the food pantry:
- Tea, ground coffee and powdered milk
- Cooking oil -- canola, vegetable or olive
- Pasta, pasta sauce and rice
- Fruit cups, applesauce
- Baby and adult diapers
- Dish soap, laundry detergent and household cleaners
- Paper towels and toilet paper
- Shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Individually packaged snacks for student lunches, like potato chips, Goldfish, fruit snacks, etc.
Gift cards from variety of stores such as Caraluzzi, Costco and BJ's are also welcome.
The Community Center also has a large freezer, and donations of frozen fruit and vegetables, as well as individually-packaged pieces of frozen chicken, beef, fish, etc. are gratefully accepted.
Grandee said the donation boxes at the Town Hall and Community Center would stay put at least until Thanksgiving, but donations to the food pantry are welcome year-round.