In an effort to give back to the local community and raise awareness for Shepherd’s Corner, the City of Bridgeport Fire Department, GFWC Woman’s Club and Bridgeport Lions Club are partnering to conduct a food drive on October 25th from 10 am-1 pm. The Bridgeport Fire Department will be
driving the city’s neighborhood streets collecting non-perishable items. Leave your contribution by your mailbox or beside your door by 10 am on that day.
The food drive is being held to alleviate burdens on Shepherd’s Corner, which has had to meet the continuously rising demand for food over the past few years.
“Shepherd’s Corner has seen a significant increase in the amount of food being distributed from last year to this year,” said Mary Ellen Depue, Chairperson of Shepherd’s Corner. “We are not only in desperate need of food, but personal care items as well. These are things that can’t be purchased with food stamps.”
Shepherd’s Corner serves between 5,000-6,000 people a year with food and personal care items. Some of the items that they are in need of that they have to regularly purchase include: peanut butter and jelly, canned milk, baked beans and granulated sugar.
The food drive is the perfect way for individuals to help others in their community. However, if you are unable to leave items on your porch or live outside the city limits, you can drop off your nonperishable food or personal care items at the Bridgeport Fire Departments (on Main Street or the Sub-Station by UHC), Civic Center or City Hall (515 W. Main Street) the week of October 20-25, and they will be taken to Shepherd’s Corner.
You can also call Shepherd’s Corner at 304-842-6352 or stop by their Bridgeport location on Pennsylvania Avenue. They are open from 10 am-2 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.