Updated: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 12:20 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 7:29 AM EDT
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) -- More than two dozen trucks will bring tons of donated food to a warehouse today, and eventually help feed the hungry.
Lined up before dawn, tractor trailers carrying cargos of groceries were ready to hit the road. It's called the Convoy of Caring.
"Each year it gets bigger," said Kim Altieri of Price Rite. "I've been doing this with Price Rite for the last 3 years and it's very exciting."
Big Rigs from competing food chains put business aside to travel the road together. A long line travelled up I-91 north. The $21 million in donated groceries destined to feed the hungry across greater Hartford.
"When it comes to supporting Foodshare , we appreciate all for giving back to the community," said Stan Sorkin, the President of CT's Food Association.
The big rigs that arrived at Foodshare in Bloomfield delivered food, heading to dinner tables of 130,000 needy families.
Truckloads of food might be thought to stock shelves at least until the end of year, but that is mot the case. The food will be given to local food pantries immediately.
"It's not like this fills the shelves and we don't need to keep doing it," explained Gloria McAdam, President of Foodshare. "These food companies donate all year."