Hundreds turn out for food drive at Hamden Middle School

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A big turnout at a food drive in Hamden Monday morning. Cars lined up at Hamden Middle School to drop off supplies for people who are suddenly struggling to buy groceries.

It is one of the many sad parts of the Coronavirus pandemic that so many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to put food on the table. At the Hamden food drive, however, the food donation tables started filling up just as soon as they were set up. 

“We’re very fortunate and there are a lot of people who are not as fortunate as me,” said Don Buechele, longtime community volunteer. “So we want to do what we can do to help them out.”

All this food will go to the food banks at the senior center and the Keene Community Center.

“We have a lot of people in this community that are truly hurting and we want to do what we can to help,” said Hamden resident Larry Rosenthal, as he dropped off boxes of groceries.

The need is huge. Local charities recently assembled more than 300 bags of food for distribution, but then 600 families showed up. Patricia Cunningham knows people currently out of work and struggling.

“I know it’s a necessity right now, for everybody,” she said, donating food along with her 5 year-old daughter. “As you see, I have a child so I know it’s really necessary and it’s a hard time right now.”

Folks were not just giving, but getting. The town is offering lawn signs thanking the folks on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. That fight is getting tough for many to watch.

“Because it gets too much when you see how much people are suffering,” said Buechele, who spent more than 3 decades as a firefighter. “Across the country, not just here. So whatever we can do, that little bit is going to help.”

You don’t have to donate to get one of the lawn signs, because they know everyone wants to thank their first responders and medical professionals. All you have to do is go to Hamden’s web page and you can order one.

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