Washington Religious Congregations organize food drive for those in need

WASHINGTON — The Washington Council of Congregations (WCOC) is again addressing food insecurity in the area by holding another drive-thru food drive Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 6 Kirby Road.

All contributions will again benefit the Washington-Warren and New Milford Food Banks. Leading the effort for this food drive is the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, one of the seven WCOC members.

Since the spread of COVID-19, the New Milford food bank has experienced a 20 percent increase in need.

The food drive will accept shelf-stable food, personal care and household cleaning products. Donors are asked to remain in their cars while volunteers remove contributions from their vehicle backseats or trunks. Monetary donations in cash or checks will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, with Food Drive in the memo line.

In addition, the WCOC continues its efforts to collect fruit and vegetables at the Washington Depot farmers market at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington Depot; where shoppers, farmers, and local gardeners alike donate produce to be delivered to the Warren-Washington Food Bank. Monetary donations are donated to Community Culinary School of Northwest Connecticut, whose chefs prepare healthy meals for those in need. A representative of the WCOC will host a table at the farmers market each Saturday from 10 a.m.-1p.m. until Nov. 22.

The WCOC is comprised of seven established religious congregations in the Town of Washington who have joined together to form the Washington Council of Congregations: First Congregational Church of Washington, the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, New Preston Congregational Church, the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Salem Covenant Church.

The goal of the Council is to magnify the impact and unify forces to better serve their neighbors through a variety of collaborative efforts, a release said.

For more information about the Washington Council of Congregations, contact the office of one of the congregations.