Wallingford PD hosts ‘drive-thru’ food drive to give back to community

New Haven

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Wallingford Police are holding a food drive behind the police headquarters. Police say that, throughout the coronavirus crisis, folks in town have been so good to them.

“Whether it be masks, gloves, maybe a little here and there,” said Sgt. David Blythe. “So we figured it’s time to give back to our community as well.”

Interactions with the public have to be carefully thought out these days, so people dropping off donations just stay behind the wheel.

“We wear our gloves, masks, we change these out as we need to. They don’t have to get out of their cars. With their trunks, we will gladly take it out of the car for them,” Sgt. Blythe said. “If they prefer otherwise, they can take it out and put it on the ground. We’ll pick it up and put it in the van and make the deliveries.”

All the donated items will be distributed to local food pantries. The cars started coming in even before the scheduled start time.

“I dropped off toiletry items and some food and hopefully it will go to the right folks who need some help,” said Kathy White, who works for the town Electric Division. “We’re fortunate that we’re working during this crisis, but not everyone is so fortunate.”

“I think this is just such a great opportunity for Wallingford to help our community,” said Wallingford resident Erin Benham. “So when I saw it posted, I thought we definitely had to do it.”

Police are grateful and so are the needy families. Police know there are so many people struggling right now.

“In Wallingford, the poverty level is supposed to be about 4%,” explained Sgt. Blythe. “Given our population, that is roughly 1,800 people, and that’s before coronavirus came upon us.”

This particular food drive is only from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Friday, but police say if the need continues, they will schedule more in the future.

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