2,600 pounds of donations goal for Monroe Food Pantry
MONROE — A band of volunteers will honk, wave and pick up non-perishable donations from homes in the area this weekend.
On Saturday, organizers of the MINI Cooper Food Drive Challenge — a group of Connecticut residents driving around in MINI Coopers to gather food and household goods for the Monroe Food Pantry — are aiming to make stops at more than 100 locations to collect donations.
The food drives started in May, and according to the Facebook event, six cars collected 962 pounds of non-perishable donations that month, then five cars collected over 2,250 pounds in June — and now, in September, they’re hoping to collect 2,600 pounds. They have nine drivers signed up for this weekend, said Jenna Linn, one of the organizers.
“At the end of the day, it’s just so rewarding,” Linn said.
People should buy what they normally buy to contribute to the drive, like razors, soap, deodorant or feminine hygiene products, Linn said.
“People have needs regardless of circumstances,” she said. “Think basic, you know, don’t think sauerkraut.”
People who are interested in donating can reply “going” to the Facebook event, and send their address through Facebook messenger, text or email.
In addition to Monroe, Linn said the drivers are also coming from Fairfield, Danbury, Southington and Easton. Linn said a woman in her community even volunteered to send her son to drive around his mother’s MINI Cooper.
“We can do it as a team,” she said. “Our cars are small, but our wills are so mighty. It’s just so beautiful. I’m just proud of these individuals. They volunteered — really special, special group.”