"We were thrilled to be chosen the recipients of the Blue Jean Drive by ING U.S.. There is so much need at this time of the year," said Jane M. Garibay, Executive Director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce when presented with the check. "People equate giving with the holidays, and unfortunately, that means that donations are at their lowest during the summer months."
Garibay was joined by her Food Bank colleague, Ann Walsh, and Kristen Formanek from the Town of Windsor to accept the donation.
The money donated will not only provide food to 574 registered families (1,500 people), but it will also benefit Windsor's summer programs such as:
Â· Summer Sandwiches - a new program providing free lunches for Windsor children during the summer.
Â· Groceries To Go - a program for qualifying Seniors
Â· Summer Back Pack program - a program that provides a summer food supplement for families whose children are in the free and reduced lunch during the school year.
According to Garibay, it's not just food, but energy assistance and basic needs as well. She tells the story of one Windsor family, "They have two little girls and unfortunately, the father is very ill. So we are partnering with two other groups to do the landscaping and painting inside the house. We will also be buying beds, a bureau and a desk for the girls." The money donated will be a big help!
In closing she added: "Thank you so much for all that ING employees do for the Windsor community and its neediest citizens!"
The Windsor Food and Fuel Bank is a non-profit organization with the goal of helping people in need in the Town of Windsor with food, fuel and basic needs. You can read more about the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank at www.WindsorFoodBank.org