Shoreline fire departments worked to replenish the shelves of local food pantries on Saturday.
For the fifth year in a row, shoreline fire departments came together to collect non-perishable food items.
The donations go directly to the five food pantries run by The Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. The pantries distribute approximately 17,000 pounds of food each week to families in need.
The most needed items are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned beans, canned and boxed meals, pasta, rice and cereal.
At the Old Saybrook fire department alone volunteers raised $655 and gathered 2400 pounds of food Saturday. While it was a successful day, the departments are already thinking about next year's events.
The following fire departments participated.
Old Saybrook- 310 Main St.
Westbrook- 15 South Main St.
Clinton-35 East Main St.
Essex- 11 Saybrook Rd.
Killingworth- 333 Route 81
Chester- 6 High St.
The Stop and Shop and Big Y in Old Saybrook are also accepting donations.
For more information, visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.