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Weston Food Pantry Pleads for Donations

WESTON, Conn. – Weston residents can give the gift of food during the holiday season and help ensure that Weston families in need, especially those with children, don't go hungry.

“Right now it’s tough because people never forget us over Thanksgiving, but now we are in desperate need of a lot of items,” said Betsy Peyreigne, co-director of the Weston Community Food pantry.

Many of the 125 Weston families in need have young children, Peyreigne said. "We need a lot of things that can help us make sure these kids are eating breakfast, having a good lunch and they get a warm dinner, especially when winter hits," she said.

Some of the items the food pantry needs are:

• Pancake mix

• Pancake syrup

• Oatmeal

• Dry cereal

• Powdered milk

• Granola bars

• Boxes of juice

• Bottled juice

• Canned tuna or chicken

• Mayonnaise

• Ketchup

• Tuna and Hamburger Helper

• Peanut butter

• Jelly

• Canned fruit

• Coffee

• Bread

• Canned stews

• Soups

The food pantry also needs dog and cat food. "The pets are the ones that a lot of people forget about. I never want to see a family have to give away a dog or cat just because money is tight," she said.

Donations can be dropped off at the food pantry on Norfield Road, in the same parking lot as EMS and the fire station.

Residents can make money donations as well. Checks can be made out to the Community Food Pantry, Inc. or gift cards can be purchased at the following stores: Stop & Shop, Caraluzzi's and Ancona's Market.

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