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For the eighth year in a row, shoreline fire departments will host a one-day food drive for SSKP on Saturday, April 27th, to collect non-perishable food for shoreline residents in need.

The local fire stations will be open to receive donations of non-perishable food from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All donations will go to local food pantries run by SSKP. This year's event will feature NEWS8 WTNH as a new media sponsor and will also include local TV and radio personalities, including Gil Simmons, Chief Meteorologist for NEWS 8 WTNH, and talk-show host Lee Elci, the morning personality on his popular Lee Elci Show on 94.9FM News Now-Stimulating Talk. Both Simmons and Elci will be joining firefighters and volunteers on Saturday morning collecting food items at Old Saybrook Fire Headquarters at 310 Main Street. Other media partners include Shore Publishing/Harbor News and 94.9FM News Now-Stimulating Talk, Soft Rock WBMW 106.5, and Jammin' 107.7 FM. Many thanks to Stop & Shop of Old Saybrook and Big Y in Old Saybrook, along with Mirsina's Restaurant on Main Street in Old Saybrook, for their generous donations to this year's food drive.

Fire departments already committed to the event to receive donations at their stations include: the Old Saybrook Fire Department, 310 Main Street (and also OSFD food drop-offs at the Stop & Shop in Old Saybrook and the Big Y in Old Saybrook); Westbrook Fire Department, 15 South Main Street; Essex Fire Department, 11 Saybrook Road; Clinton Fire Department, 35 East Main Street; North Madison Fire Department, 864 Opening Hill Road; Chester Fire Department, 6 High Street; and the Deep River Fire Department, 58 Union Street. In addition, the Essex Savings Bank on Main Street in Old Saybrook is joining the food drive this year and is accepting food during regular business hours until noon on April 27th.

At a time of year when food donations are low, this food drive will help to restock the pantries and ensure that everyone in our local communities will have a place at the table. This year's goal is 6,000 pounds of non-perishable food to help those in need. Please join the effort by donating food, or by holding a food drive in your neighborhood, workplace, or club, and then bringing it to a participating shoreline firehouse on Saturday, April 27th.

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