Sunday at Shelton Day: A food drive for the community

The community will be celebrated this Sunday during the annual Shelton Day that’s held downtown — rain or shine (fingers crossed).

The annual street festival will be Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., along Howe Avenue. It is organized by the Derby/Shelton Rotary Club and will feature about 150 booths with food, crafts, interactive activities, and information. Continuous entertainment will be offered on multiple stages.

One important booth this year will be held by the Shelton Police Union. They will be collecting nonperishable foods, and cash donations will be accepted and will benefit the Shelton High School food bank.

Helping school families

The Shelton High School food bank was started to help provide assistance to families with children who attend any school within the Shelton school system.

Every day, more and more residents, through no fault of their own, are finding it increasingly difficult to provide for their families. It is understood that everyone is feeling the impact of the current state of the economy, but it is important to help neighbors in need.

'Kid-friendly' items are helpful

Since the food bank focuses on children, don’t forget to keep “kid-friendly” items in mind. Items such as peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, macaroni and cheese, hot chocolate mix, canned vegetables and fruit, and tuna will help build up the food bank before the upcoming holidays.

While donations are appreciated, organizers are reminding donors to double-check expiration dates on the donated items.

A staff member who volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank distribution warehouse this summer found countless items that expired several years earlier, items that had previously been opened, and more items that could not be used — and, unfortunately, they went to waste.

Non-food items needed, too

Non-food items are also needed, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and deodorant. Also, liquid dish detergent, plastic wrap, and aluminum foil will be accepted. Cash donations collected will be used to purchase grocery gift cards.

For more information, call Officer Mary Beth White at the Shelton Police Department at 203-924-1544, ext. 416.