The Uniting for United Competitive Food Drive was founded in 2015 by locals Dan and Mary Ellen Spellman along with Barry Shead and Cassandra Giovanni. In 2018, the co-founders worked with the Greater Norwich Area of Commerce to expand the competition’s participation. In 2019, the Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut joined the event as partners, and in 2021 the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce joined as well, expanding the competition’s reach to the shoreline of New London County.
The Food drive has raised more than $30,000 and collected nearly 20 tons of food since its inception.
Many food pantries, like the United Way, struggle to provide food to the community outside of the holiday and winter months. That’s why this food drive is so crucial to the communities we serve. The purpose of this food drive is to unite organizations in similar industries for a cause that is close to us all: ending hunger.
Since 1988, the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center has played a key role in providing one of the building blocks to a good quality of life by feeding families and individuals facing hunger and food insecurity all across our community.
This friendly competition helps to bring together those within your organization. Many of our participants also have an internal competition, which contributes to strengthening teamwork and motivate positive change.
It’s a harsh reality that over 33,000 residents of New London County struggle with food insecurity each and every month of the year. Many of these individuals are children. All of the funds raised and food collected remain within our community. Specifically, the event will benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, a program operated by United Way.
The event is highly publicized through each competitor’s location, along with advertising that is donated by media providers. The competition has raised $30,000 in monetary donations and nearly 20 tons of food since it was founded. You'll go head-to-head with others in your industry, creating connections and showing your customers that you care!
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