Read this important letter from Wilton Rocks for Food founder Andy Schlesinger and then check out the GOOD Morning Wilton Challenge Grant video below!
To the Editor:
I hope every reader is preparing for a bountiful Thanksgiving to be shared with family and friends, and that you have the means and support to enjoy this day. If you don’t, know that there are services available to offer the support you need, at the Wilton Food Pantry, The CT Food Bank, and other local organizations.
We live in a wealthy town, in a wealthy county, generally insulated from the struggles so many face. Most of us can’t imagine what’s it’s like to be unable to feed our children, to choose between clothes and food or heat and food–to experience the stress of going to bed at night knowing you cannot provide your family with everything it needs…
As Wilton Rocks for Food prepares for its 5th Annual Concert Fundraiser, the need for our assistance is greater than ever.
The number of households eligible for the Wilton Food Pantry has grown from 108 in 2016 to 171 in 2019. The Pantry has already spent well over $50,000 on food and relies on WRFF as a primary source of funds. We have donated over $130,000 the past four years.
Away from Wilton, more than 400,000 Connecticut residents struggle with food insecurity, including 115,000 children. Last year the Connecticut Food Bank distributed enough food to prepare over 22 million meals across Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties. It’s noteworthy that 60% of these households had at least one family member who worked full time. Wilton Rocks for Food has donated over $150,000 to the Food Bank. Overall, 12% of Americans suffer from food insecurity.
Wilton Rocks for Food is a community event that brings together hundreds of people all sharing the same passion for music, charity and kindness.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
We are behind our goal for the year, primarily due to a decrease in individual donations from the community. Please take just a few minutes to visit the website and make a donation of any amount. You can also send funds directly via PayPal using WiltonRocksCT@gmail.com. If you prefer to pay by check make it out to either the Wilton Community Assistance Fund and/or The CT Bank and mail to 70 Kensett Drive, Wilton CT 06897.
We also welcome items for our silent auction. See the website for more details.
100% of your donation goes to charity. I personally fund the entire event to ensure that your money is doing what it’s intended to do.
Thank you to those who have already supported us, and to those of you that will. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
I wish everyone a very bountiful Thanksgiving.
Wilton Rocks for Food