BRIDGEPORT - If Carol Grandstaff has her way, no family will go hungry this winter.
Grandstaff, of the Bridgeport Food Pantry, along with the Bridgeport Rotary Club and Riesbeck's Food Market are teaming up for their second annual Food Drive.
This year's event will be held at Riesbeck's Food Markets on National Road in Bridgeport on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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THE SECOND annual Bridgeport Rotary Club Food Drive will be held Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Riesbeck’s Food Market on National Road. Pictured, from left, are Rotary Club members Al Smith, David Demarest, Bridgeport Food Pantry Coordinator Carol Grandstaff, Rotary Club member Ann Gallagher, Riesbeck’s Store Manager Jeannie Curry, Rotary Club member Vicky Bland, Rotary Club President Bill Davis and Rotary Club member Dick Riley.
"Last year we sold 321 bags of groceries," Riesbeck's store manager Jeannie Curry explained during Thursday's meeting of the Rotary Club. "This year my goal is 450. I'm sure we will be able to sell them.
"The community of Bridgeport and the surrounding areas are very giving."
Riesbeck's employees will make up bags of groceries that are priced at $5 and $10. Customers will have the opportunity to purchase these bags during the above hours. The customer can then donate the bags back to the Rotary Club, or make a monetary donation.
The bags will then be placed in a tractor trailer awaiting transportation to the food pantry for distribution.
Grandstaff told the club members that "business is booming" at the food pantry, which serves several hundred families per month.
She mentioned that the pantry is currently looking at opening a couple nights a week.
"We've gained 58 families since the last census," she noted. "Some of them are big families with six to eight people in them."