From left Carlos Melendez, Enrique Idrogo, Jony Gaviria, and Alex Stewart of Walter Stewart’s Market with Carol MacDonald, Health and Human Services, Tucker Murphy, Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, and Carol Harvey, coordinator of the New Canaan Food Pantry.

The tallies are in and the New Canaan Food Pantry is freshly stocked. According to sponsors, a retail equivalent of $5,000 worth of groceries was raised at the recent Taste of the Town event. The combined efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, Walter Stewart’s shoppers and event strollers provided 155 bags of food items which were delivered last week.
Food Pantry Coordinator Carol Harvey said she was thrilled by the arrival of the much-needed food. Shelves are always being replenished, she added, noting that the following items would be especially welcome: juice boxes, canned soups, taco seasoning kits and boxed mashed potatoes. Food must be non-perishable and checked for expiration dates.
The Food Pantry is located at St. Mark’s Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge and is open daily.  Walter Stewart’s Market also accepts donations at the Food Pantry stand near the check-out area.  Financial contributions may be sent to New Canaan Food Pantry, 77 Main St.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tucker Murphy said “The Taste of the Town has become one of our favorite events of the year.  We are so grateful  to all the business partners who allow us to collectively restock the shelves, helping those who need it.” She also thanked retailers Togs, Vineyard Vines and Sara Campbell for donating a portion of sales from special promotions that evening.

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