The Derby Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit will hold its Third Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Derby on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ShopRite located at 49 Pershing Drive in Derby.
At the “Stuff-A-Cruiser” event, officers will accept non-perishable food donations to feed needy Derby families.
Help feed your neighbors in need while shopping for your own Thanksgiving meal at ShopRite of Derby.
Your non-perishable food donations will stock the shelves of St. Vincent de Paul Society on Roosevelt Drive in Derby, which distributes food to elderly, homeless, working poor, physically handicapped and mentally challenged people of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.
According to data compiled by the Valley United Way, 12 percent of Valley adults reported experiencing food insecurity. St. Vincent de Paul Society feeds five to eight families per day, totaling around 500 individuals per year.
Now for the third year, the Officers of Derby Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit will accept donations as customers leave the ShopRite store, stuffing Derby Police Cruisers full of food for holiday meals and daily nutrition.
“The last two years we have stuffed a total of thirteen and a half cruisers and eight large SUV cruisers full of over $40,000 worth of food,” explains Aux. Lt. Chris Pizzi. “This one day of giving greatly impacts St. Vincent de Paul’s ability to provide food year-round to the food insecure. It is always moving to see how much neighbors help neighbors. Here in the Valley, people take care of one another during the holidays, and every day. Please continue this Thanksgiving tradition of donating to the food bank that serves your community.”