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Norwalk Clerk: Fight Hunger, Donate Food

NORWALK, Conn. – Can you think of a food that starts with X? Norwalk City Clerk Erin Halsey couldn't--so she came up with "X-tra food."

Problem is, there is no extra food when it comes to the 3rd Annual Fight Hunger Campaign at City Hall. Any food donated would be appreciated. Donations are down this year, and the collection isn't even close to being "extra." The drive began July 1, and Miles Tullo, who is leading the effort for its sponsor, Alphagraphics, has come by only once to empty the boxes, according to Halsey.

The hunger campaign, which benefits Christian Community Action , ends Monday, July 31. There are two donation boxes in the City Hall atrium, one near the front door, the other on the second floor near the mayor's office. The nonprofit, nonsectarian CCA provides food, furniture, financial assistance and other necessities to people in need in the greater Norwalk area.

"Donations have not been as generous as I would have liked," Halsey said. "I know people are busy and distracted with vacations, etc., but there are many, many people in need this summer."

She came up with a slogan: "Now, more than ever we need to unite and fight hunger ... it's as easy as A, B, C!!"

Her alphabet-inspired list of most-needed items:

? Apple Sauce

? Baby Food

? Canned Fruits and Vegetables

? Dried Beans

? Flakes for Mashed Potatoes

? Granola

? Hearty & Condensed Soups

? Infant Formula, Instant Coffee

? Jelly, All Sizes, All Flavors

? Ketchup

? Lemonade (powdered)

? Macaroni

? Noodles

? Oatmeal

? Pasta & Peanut Butter

? Rice, Ravioli, & Red Beans

? Spaghetti Sauce

? Tuna

? U um...couldn't think of one!

? Vegetables (canned)

? Water Bottles

? X-tra food!

?Yams (canned)

? Ziti (pasta)

"Let's make a difference and show our community strengths!" Halsey said. "With your support, we CAN help those in need, even if it is just one meal at a time."

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