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The first two food drives combined for just over 3,000 pounds of food.

“Many people donated entire carriages of food which went a long way towards filling out truck,” said John Brady, president of the Backus Federation of Nurses.

The local also collected over $270 in cash and Stop and Shop gift cards.

The nurses were also joined by the Security and Support Staff Union in hosting the food drive.

“The support from our community was amazing,” said Brady. “AFTCT President Melodie Peters supplied lunch for us. Lori Pelletier, secretary-treasurer of the CT AFL-CIO stopped to donate and to help. State Senator Cathy Osten and Norwich city Alderman Charlie Witt came out to support us. Even Backus Hospital president and CEO, Dave Whitehead, donated three cases of vegetables.”

WICH and WILI provided air time to promote the food drive.


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