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Connecticut Family Hosts 4th Community Food Drive

December 12, 2019 | 12:29pm

Theresa and Justin Innes continue to prove that an altruistic act of one family can have a big impact.

On Saturday, November 16, the Innes family partnered with Move For Hunger to hold their 4th food drive in their Milford, CT neighborhood. This year, they collected nearly 800 lbs. of food, which will provide 660 meals to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. They also raised more than $300 to support our hunger relief programs nationwide!

Since 2015, the Innes family has collected almost 4,000 lbs. of food, providing 3,300+ meals to food insecure families in Fairfield County. Once again, Kaster Moving Co. generously provided a van to collect and deliver the donations to the Food Bank. 

An overcrowded work refrigerator inspired Theresa Innes to hold the first food drive, because it reminded her that there were so many people who were facing hunger in their area. She and her husband Justin, were eagerly seeking a way to give back to the community, especially around the holidays. After learning how many people in their area were food insecure, they knew they had to do something. 

TheresaPaulovicInnesFoodDrive20195-web.jpgWhy Move For Hunger? Theresa believes it was fate!

“When I started doing research, Move For Hunger was the first website I clicked on," she said. "From there, I was put in contact with Kaster Moving in Stamford. Every step of the process was so wonderful that I knew the universe had put me in the right direction!”

After that first food drive, Theresa knew she had made a wonderful partnership with Move For Hunger and Kaster.

For anyone considering holding their own food drive, Theresa wholeheartedly recommends you do it.

“At the end of the day, you are helping people that are struggling with hunger – a global, heartbreaking issue," she says. "Every, single, little bit helps. Food drives get people involved and helps them realize that even an hour of your time, or a bag of food, makes a difference to a family in need.”

There are many other rewards that come with holding a food drive as well including community engagement, getting friends and family involved, and the satisfaction of seeing the final tally for pounds of food and dollars collected.

More than 89,000 people in Fairfield County face hunger, including 1 in 8 children. A BIG thanks to the Innes family, their neighbors and Kaster Moving -- your donations will help families facing hunger in Connecticut and across the country! It is due to the generosity of people like you that we can make a difference in the lives of so many! 

Inspired to host your own food drive? Click here to get started!