August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

People’s United Bank, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, And Sodexo Collect 3,622 Pounds Of Food For Ringmaster’s Family To Family Food Drive

Bridgeport, CT –
People’s United Bank branches in Greater Bridgeport, local Stop & Shop supermarkets, and food supply company Sodexo collected 3, 089 pounds of non-perishable food last month, augmenting the 533 pounds collected by the Bridgeport Rotary Club, which annually runs a food drive in conjunction with the Barnum Festival. In total, 3,622 pounds of food were collected for those in need.

On July 3, Bridgeport Rotary members walked the Great Street Parade of the Barnum Festival to collect non-perishable food items, as well as cash donations, from all attending the event. The Bridgeport Rotary Club also held an online “virtual food drive” during the Barnum Festival to support the Ringmaster’s Family to Family Food Drive.

People’s United branches in the following towns participated in the collection: Ansonia, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Newton, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull.

To draw attention to the food drive, Stop & Shop supermarkets collected food in 10 of its Greater Bridgeport stores. Original Works Inc., a Bridgeport nonprofit that helps students aged 8-19, partnered with the bank and Stop & Shop to provide entertainment in the 10 stores on June 24-26.

Sodexo, the food company that operates the bank’s cafeteria, supported the cause by selling subsidized items to employees who wished to donate. In addition to sales to People’s United employees, Sodexo contributed 1,719 pounds to the cause.

“I am grateful to all organizations that made our successful food drive possible,” Goncalves said. “In the two years since the food drive was established, enough food and money have been collected to provide more than 25,000 meals to area residents. This year, we collected 3,622 pounds of food and almost $5,000, which will feed more than 19,000 people in need.”

All food items and cash donations will be distributed to local food banks through the Connecticut Food Bank, mostly within the Greater Bridgeport area.

People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $28 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England and provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through approximately 375 branches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Maine. Through additional subsidiaries, People's United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.

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