Hundreds of Families in Need Receive Food Donations in Hartford

More than 800 families in need received free food and household items on Wednesday in Hartford.

Feed the Children teamed up with PepsiCo and PriceRite Supermarkets to provide 40 pounds of food for each family in need.

“They are given a good variety of food at a time when the summer school lunch programs are not in effect and when the need is probably among the greatest,” said Nancy Shapiro, the events coordinator for Community Renewal Team, the non-profit group that works with families in need year round.

Hundreds of cars, filled with families, lined up at the distribution area at Xfinity Theatre to receive the free food and household items. Other families, who do not have access to a vehicle, walked.

“Amazing. It helps out when you don’t have anything at home,” said Hope Hanks, who walked from her home in Hartford with her young daughter and son.

More than 100 PepsiCo and PriceRite employees volunteered at the event, many of them just grateful to be a part of helping the community.

“It really just makes a difference, puts a big smile on your face for the rest of the day. So we’re all really excited to be out here and help give back to the community,” said Victoria South, a PepsiCo volunteer.

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