Greenwich’s Parks & Recreation Helps ‘Reduce Food Insecurity’ With Holiday Donation Campaign

To help the many people of Greenwich struggling with food insecurity, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has organized a food drive to stock the shelves in Neighbor to Neighbor’s pantry this holiday season.

The trip took place from December 1 to 20, with collection bins installed in the buildings of the department. The department also organized an online campaign to raise funds to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

The department said the food drive had been a “huge success,” with donation bins filled and $ 870 raised for fresh fruits and vegetables, well above the goal of $ 500.


On Tuesday, December 21, members of the Parks and Recreation Department brought donated non-perishable items – including pasta, peanut butter and packages of cereal – to the temporary location of the neighbor’s pantry in neighbor in the Horseneck car park building on the other side of the Boys and Girls Club.

“We are delighted to help reduce food insecurity in our community this holiday season,” the department said in a statement.

The Neighbor to Neighbor nonprofit delivers food to its residents in need across town.

“Hunger and food insecurity affects far more people in Greenwich than most of us realize,” says Neighbor to Neighbor on its website. More than 20 percent of the city’s residents do not have the income to cover basic necessities and 28 percent of students at Greenwich Public School are entitled to free or discounted lunches, according to the association.

To donate to Neighbor to Neighbor, visit www.ntngreenwich.org/.

Pemberwick

Volunteers roll up their sleeves and get to work Tuesday, December 28 to prevent the spread of invasive plants in Pemberwick Park.

When similar conservation work was carried out in another section of the park last spring, many native pollinator-friendly plants were found. One of the most common is common milkweed, which is a food and shelter source for monarch butterflies.

To promote native growth of native plants, volunteers will remove invasive plants, including porcelain berry. This will give pollinator-friendly plants the opportunity to get a head start on growth in the spring.

Further work to eliminate invasive plants will be carried out in 2022 in Pemberwick Park.

The Pemberwick Glenville Association, which is hosting the event, has called on residents from all parts of the city to help. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and gardening gloves, as well as hand mowers and tarpaulins to carry the plants.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will provide dumpsters to transport the plants.

Volunteers will meet in the conservation area north of the parking lot and playground. Use the entrance just across from Halock Drive.

For more information, visit www.pemberwickglenville.com. Email your questions to Paul Curtis at [email protected]

Old Greenwich

One of the city’s best-known restaurants has gone out of its way to ensure that the townspeople have enough to eat this holiday season.

Garden Catering, which has its flagship location in Old Greenwich, has partnered with Greenwich United Way to provide vacation meals for families as part of GUW’s Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions program.

The Carpenteri family, owners of Garden Catering, have been doing this type of charitable work since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At Garden Catering, we have always given back to the community. But in March 2020 my brother and I decided we needed to do more, and since then we’ve donated over 110,000 meals, ”said Tina Carpenteri, who owns and runs Garden Catering with her father and brother. .

“We have partnered with organizations like Greenwich United Way and various pantries to effectively help those who need it most,” she said. “It’s so good to give and especially during the holiday season. We are proud to support ECAGS families and help make their vacations a little brighter.

The generosity was applauded by David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way.

“We are grateful to Garden Catering for stepping in to make the holidays more festive for the families in our ECAGS program, who work incredibly hard to provide their children with the best possible education,” Rabin said. “Catering is appreciated in this city for many reasons, but nothing more than their commitment to supporting their neighbors. “

The restaurant’s roots in Greenwich go back to the 1970s, when Garden Poultry started on Greenwich Avenue. In 1978, the Old Greenwich site opened. After the death of original owner Lou Iandoli, the Carpenteri family bought the business and its secret recipes, reopening the site in 1991.

There are now eight Garden Catering locations, including one on Hamilton Avenue in Chickahominy.

The ECAGS program aims to close the achievement gap among students through home visits and preschool educational support to support 40 families before their children start kindergarten.

For more information or to donate, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org/drive-to-425/.

Riverside

Riverside School hosted its fourth annual Holidays for Haiti community service event, as local students focused on the needs of children in the poverty-stricken country.

Local students were matched with more than 350 children from Danita’s Children, a school in Haiti that enrolls students from Kindergarten to Grade 13. Students in Riverside sent greeting cards and their photos to students in Haiti.

Additionally, the Riverside School community raised funds to purchase backpacks and other essential school items for Haitian children. The funds also supported a celebration where Haitian students received their cards and gifts.

“There’s an air of excitement every year at the school’s graduation party,” said Karris Hudson, vice president of Danita’s Children. “Our children light up when they receive their gifts and cards from the Riverside community. During a recent food delivery, I noticed one of these gift toys hanging on a student’s wall inside their house.

“These gifts mean everything to these children who have so little, and the generosity of the Riverside community makes their vacations so bright,” she said.

Over $ 11,000 was raised at the November community service event. The funds also went to the Danita Children’s Medical and Malnutrition Center, which provides health care for the children.

“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has been overwhelmed by hardship, natural disasters and COVID-19,” said Christopher Weiss, principal of Riverside School. “Asking our students to help people who are considerably more difficult in their daily lives is a meaningful and valuable lesson that will resonate with them for years to come. “

Holidays for Haiti was developed as part of a joint effort between the school and its PTA, which “aims to connect students with communities in need and foster a culture of giving back.”

For more information, visit https://riversidepta.membershiptoolkit.com/holidaysforhaiti.

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