Cramer & Anderson’s Litchfield office is participating in the Stock the Shelves food drive in an effort led by paralegal and office bookkeeper Peggy C. Geddes.
“With soup kitchens and food banks seeing rising numbers of families needing help as inflation rises and donations drop, a group of area business leaders have launched an effort to assure food banks get year-round support,” Geddes explained in an email to her Litchfield colleagues. “The effort asks businesses, organizations, and schools to organize and run their own food drives.”
She has set up a collection bin in the reception area of the office for donations, and noted in her email that demand is high for personal products, including feminine hygiene products and baby products. “Of course, any type of non-perishable food item is appreciated,” Geddes wrote.
The bin will remain in the reception area through Aug. 19. Clients and other visitors to the Litchfield office may also drop off donations to the food drive.
Local businesses across Northwest Connecticut are invited to participate in the food drive by collecting donations. The Stock the Shelves team will then pick up the food, sort it, and distribute it to food banks and community soup kitchens.
Founding sponsors of Stock the Shelves include Torrington Savings Bank, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Conquest, the Elevator Service Company Inc., and Barron Financial Group LLP.
Recipients of the donations include the Community Soup Kitchen of Torrington, Friendly Hands Food Bank, FISH NWCT, Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry in Canaan, the Goshen Food Pantry, the Thomaston Community Pantry, the Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted, Hands of Grace in Pine Meadow, and the student food pantry Food For Thought at Northwestern CT Community College.
“Their list has grown a lot and they’re doing it for whomever is in need in Northwest Connecticut,” Geddes said.
“Stock the Shelves is a wonderful effort to help families facing difficult circumstances, and our attorneys and staff are happy to participate and lend a helping hand,” said Partner Neal White, who led a firm effort during the pandemic to donate gift cards for meals from local restaurants to Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance and the Litchfield Social Services. “Thanks to Peg for bringing this new much-needed effort to our attention and coordinating the firm’s participation.”
Also during the pandemic, Cramer & Anderson donated $1,000 to provide dinners for patrons of FISH NWCT, which operates the largest emergency homeless shelter in northwestern Connecticut.
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Cramer & Anderson provides sophisticated legal services, close to home, with regional offices in New Milford, Washington Depot, Kent, Litchfield, Danbury, and Ridgefield. For more information, see the firm’s website or call the flagship office in New Milford at (860) 355-2631.