Donating food to keep others warm

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– While we know it’s cold, and maybe a little depressing outside at times, there is an easy way to make yourself and others feel better.

Many local charities are in need of even the simplest items and a few dollars or few minutes of your time could really make a difference.

There’s certainly a lot of beans in bins but the only problem is while this is good to have,  it’s only part of a meal. What folks at this food center say they need are soups and chilis.

Food that will keep people warm and fed.

Some folks just have a heating element one of those immersion elements.

The Gemma Moran Food Center is just that, a food center, a place where people from food pantries come to stock up and as the mercury drops the need rises, winter is a time for tough choices.

“Do I put oil in my tank, do I pay my electric bill, do I put food on my table, do I put gas in my car?” said Nancy Rossi, Gemma Moran Food Center.

The United Way runs this food center and several other programs now being stretched to the limits.

“It is the fuel of last resort. It’s the place people go when nothing else works,” said Virginia Mason, United Way.

Project-Warm up is burning through its funds to help families fill their oil tanks and pay their electric bills.

“Now more than ever we do need the help. We’ve helped more families this year because of the cold than any other year,” said Sharon Peccini, United Way.

Donations can be made through the United Way’s website. Help is also needed at New London’s Homeless Hospitality Center.

“Ideally we like to have fifty people,  I’m afraid last night we had 77,” said Cathy Zall, New London Homeless Hospitality Center.

They can always use blankets, pillows, socks, and volunteers.

“We need people who can just talk to people and help people figure things out apply for jobs,” said Zall.

Back to the food center, we’re told tuna, peanut butter, soups, chilli, and oatmeal are hot commodities on these cold days.

“The holidays have passed and sometimes we feel that a lot of individuals have forgotten you’re hungry every day of the year,” said Rossi.

A couple of other good things to donate cereals and pasta. They make for a good meal.

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