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YMCA Staffers Pitch In at the Food Bank

Dale Lucian rolled up her sleeves to stock shelves, sort through produce and load a truck with groceries for a  local church. She was among the staff members from the YMCA of Greenwich who volunteered their time Thursday at the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County . She is also the Y’s interim chief operating office.

"Along with nurturing healthy living and youth development, one of the core principles of the YMCA is a commitment to social responsibility," she said. "Here at the Y we are always receiving incredibly generous support from the community, so we were thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to another non-profit, even if for just a few short hours. The folks at the food bank work tirelessly to help their neighbors, and they are a true inspiration."

The need for emergency food has doubled in the past two years, and it is constant, Food Bank manager Amy Tarantino said.

"During the holidays we always see an uptick in donations," she said. "But we are responding to extreme need throughout the year – not just at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We rely on support from the community 365 days a year, and any assistance we receive, no matter the size, is immediately put to use feeding families in need."

The food bank serves more than 100 non-profit organizations in Greenwich, Stamford , New Canaan , Norwalk , Darien and Wilton . There will be a "Fairfield County Eats" fundraiser at the Italian Center in Stamford on April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

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