St. Vincent's, Aquarion want to fill House of Hope with food

St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Aquarion Water Company have launched the second annual “House of Hope” Food Drive.

Visitors to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, employees of the hospital and Aquarion, and the public are being asked to drop off donations in the “House of Hope,” a special shed located at the hospital entrance until Nov. 16.

Items collected will be delivered to area food banks, which last year received more than four and a half tons of food from the drive. This year the goal is five tons.

Organizers ask that only “nutritious, non-perishable, non-expired items be donated.” They suggest canned fish, meat, soup, stews, fruits and vegetables as well as pasta, peanut butter, cold cereal and powdered milk.

“Last year’s drive helped many families in the community at a time of great hardship,” said St. Vincent’s Health Services President/CEO Susan L. Davis, EdD, RN. “We are again excited to be partnering with Aquarion on this project, which is so in keeping with our mission of serving the sick and poor.”

“There is much enthusiasm about the House of Hope at both organizations,” said Charles Firlotte, president and CEO of Aquarion Water Company. “It will help us to meet an important need for residents in the greater Bridgeport area.”

This year’s collection will benefit The Spooner House in Shelton, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Thomas Merton Center and the St. Vincent’s Family Health Center all in Bridgeport.

People wishing to make a monetary donation to the House of Hope may do so at the hospital information desk. Gift cards to grocery stores will also be accepted.

Information is available from Rachel Giliotti at St. Vincent’s, 203-576-6370.

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