Time for the Valley to show it has a heart

The annual Valley Has a Heart food collection will be take place Saturday, Feb. 22, at three Stop & Shop stores, including at 898 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton.

The goal is to gather enough non-perishable food to last for at least two months and $3,000 in cash to use for restocking the shelves as needed during the winter.

The collections will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at each location. The other Stop & Shop collection sites are 100 Division Street in Ansonia, and 15 Franklin St. in Seymour.

Dealing with holidays, storms

"Food stocks always get depleted during the holidays and also when storms impact the area,” said Susan Agamy, executive director of Spooner House. "We are in need of generous contributions right now for restocking, considering the issues of the past few weeks."

Stop & Shop is the marquee sponsor for the food drive. The other sponsors are Daniel Jacobs LLC, an auto service shop in Oxford, and Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, an accounting firm in Shelton.

To arrange a Valley Has a Heart donation at a different time, contact Tony Vellucci at avellucci@actspooner.org or 203-225-0453, ext. 102.

Food bank serves 6,000 people yearly

The Spooner House, operated by the nonprofit Area Congregations Together, is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to about 200 men, women and children each year.

More than 6,000 individuals have been served by its food bank during the past year, comprising more than 130,000 meals.

The facility is located in Shelton and serves the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Learn more at www.actspooner.org.