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Welcome to the 2009 Photo Gallery!

Photos Home | 2008 | 2009

Learn about a caring Enfield community and others as they assist our families !!!

(months in reverse chronological order)

Thank you!  Thank You!  Thank You!

for making 2009 a food prosperous year for us and our families...



'Twas two days before Christmas and ....

During the two days prior to Christmas, our volunteers, Executive Director, employees from C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Enfield Reds players and parents greeted and helped 387 families as they shopped for holiday foods.  The overwhelming generosity of the community made this possible.  In addition, Linda Bridge with the help of volunteers and donors prepared special gifts for our families and coordinated the adoption of 8 families who received Christmas gifts from donor families.  We extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who contributed to this effort. 

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President reindeer prepares for the day.  Linda (left) and Lori (right) check gifts and volunteer badges.  Terry and Dave check the stock.  Christine (left) receives instructions from Mona.

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Mona and Roger activate the computers.  Joan (left) and Christine (right) are ready to distribute gift tags.  Eggs await our families.

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Families selected from a variety of items including condiments, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, toiletries, cake and pancake mixes, stuffing, cereals, beans, vegetables, fruits, and drinks.

Bob arranges turkeys, hams, blueberries and cherries, milk, breads, and fresh carrots for our families.

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Freda (left), Barbara (center), and Cathy (right) wait to assist shoppers at the check-out tables.  Upon completing their shopping, families brought their gift tags to receive a variety of presents including hats, mittens, toiletry assortments for men and women, and stockings filled with goodies for boys and girls.

Throughout the two days (and often throughout the year), families expressed their appreciation to us (and you) for the assistance given to them.  Many families baked special treats for the volunteers and left holiday greeting cards with personal notes.

'Twas a memorable and uplifting two days for us and our families...

Cub Scout Pack



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Cub Scout Pack 108 members and their parents deliver 493 pounds of donations.  The cub scouts, their parents, and siblings stand below our logo.

Enfield High School

National Honor Society


Lauren (left) and Jaimee (right) pose with 325 pounds of food donations collected by the National Honor Society.

Retail Brand



Cindy Roche (left) and Betty Burnham (right) present Linda Bridge with a generous holiday donation.

Golden Gavel Holiday Auction






Shoppers look at the assorted items on display.

Linda Goguen (left) and Lorna Hosley (right) represent us at the benefit auction.  We received 200 pounds of food and a generous money donation.

Holiday gift possibilities are on display.

Santa's Run






Cardboard, Cardboard...



Members of the Shaker Pines Fire Department deliver food collected during the annual "Santa's Run," sponsored by the Shaker Pines Lake Association.

Seniors received poinsettias for the holidays.

Zachary (left) and Nick (right) breakdown cardboard boxes for recycling.

The Elves of Boy Scout Troop 818






Gabriel (with box) helps to unload the donations with troop members.

Members of Troop 818 (row1) Matt; (row 2) Chad, Simon, Jameson, Antonio; (row 3) Ryan, Ryan, and Christopher, collected 1342 pounds of food.

Parents of troop members work with their sons to sort and box food donations.

The Witness Project


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Connecticut Department of Public Health

Kenneth Sales, representative for CT Works, prepares to offer advice and information about employment to our families.

Anna (left) and Rose (right) give information about free mammograms to our women.

Chuck Edwards, Commander of the Tanguay Magill American Legion Post 80, presents a $500 donation to Linda Bridge.



It took the charity of many villages to make it happen...





478 families shopped for turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings.  The generosity of the residents, businesses, corporations, and public and parochial schools, church parishes, and governmental departments in Enfield and surrounding communities made this possible.  The villagers responded to the need.

Many villagers contributed to the effort ...

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 (above) Employees of Northeast Energy Partners deliver donations collected during their Thanksgiving Drive.

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(photo1) Volunteers unload the food donations.  (photo 2) More volunteers receive and sort the donations.  (photo 3)  Janet gives Linda Bridge a donation from the Suffield

employees of the Suffield Correctonal facility.

A Congressman and a Councilwoman...






Congressman Joe Courtney (left) receives advice about helping families with their selections of potatoes, carrots, and juice from Mike Tippo (right).

Town Councilwoman Cindy Mangini takes a break from packing green bags to hold a child while his mother completes her shopping.

Eppendorf Donates...


Junior Women's Club Helps...


From Carbon Products, Inc.


Executives and employees of Eppendorf, Inc. deliver 70 turkeys.  Pictured above (l. to r.) are Robbie Golden, Supervisor; Felicia Nelson, Vice President-Human Resources; Lorna Merrill, Employment Manager; David Fitzgerald, Machine Operator; Linda Bridge; Lisa Harnish, Machine Operator; and Perry Sichler, Vice President-Manufacturing.  Martin Farb, President and CEO, joined the group and took this photo.

Members of the Enfield Junior Women's Club deliver turkeys, donated non-perishable items, and $100 donation.

Peter Ouellet, President of Carbon Products, Inc., presents a $200 donation to Linda Bridge, Executive Director.


Enfield Reds Hit Many Home Runs...








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The Enfield Reds youth baseball team conducted a food drive in each of the player's neighborhoods.  The players and their parents collected and delivered 1800 pounds of food donations to us.  Also, players and parents assisted more than 300 families carrying boxes of food to their cars as well as restocking shelves during the Thanksgiving shopping afternoon.


(top) Coach Tom LaPointe separates tea bags. (center) Congressman Courtney talks with Sean, Sinaid, and Coach Callaghan. (lower) Sean, Sinaid, and Coach Callaghan separate and bag napkins and plastic forks and spoons.

Mittens... Hats... Scarfs...


JFK "Penny Wars"


Turtles and Hares...


Members of St. Martha's Troop 10358 display mittens, hats, and scarfs collected for our families.  Pictured above are (row 1) Madison, Erin, Veronica; (row 2) Rachel, Emily, Sophie, Sarah, Kaylie, and Jasmine.

Bobby Hunt, JFK Junior High Student Council representative, presents an $800 donation to Linda Bridge collected during the "Penny War."  Also, the JKF faculty donated 101 turkeys as a result of the "Faculty Turkey Challenge." 

Thomas Higgins (1st-l.) and Andrew Snyder (3rd- l.), Henry Barnard teachers, present Linda Bridge with a check for $1135.55. The teachers lead 2 teams, "the turtles" and "the hares," in a penny war.  Also pictured are PTO members David Ciechowski (2nd-l), Shawn Gorman and daughter Abigail (5th-l.), and Erin Ciechowski with Jace and baby.

We Could Not Have Done This without Norm LeBlanc...



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Gary Bergeron of Connecticut Trailers and a member of the Ellington Harley Owner's Group provided the truck and trailer (above), so that turkeys could be transported to and from the Pioneer Cold Storage facility in Springfield (MA).  Members of the Harley Owners Group transfer hundreds of turkeys to the freezer.

Norm LeBlanc (above) stands in the trailer with Linda Bridge.  Norm arranged for the trailer, and he and Ellington Harley Owners Group members Kathy Lasonde, Joe Costanzo, Kathy Morin, and Alan Lanouette transported 900+ turkeys for storage and back for distribution.

St. Martha School and St. Martha Church CCD Students Sponsor Food Drives...





Mrs. Bodman, Grade 7 teacher, directs Shaeley, Meghan, and Elizabeth as they carry some of the 540 pounds of donations collected during the school's food drive.

(front l. to r.) Shaeley , Amanda, and Megan with the help of (back l. to r.) Meghan, Deniro, Dylan, and Bailee load the van with the donated items.

Stephen and Amanda helped load an SUV with 432 pounds of food and 6 turkeys.  St. Martha's CCD students collected the donations during their Thanksgiving drive.

Eli Whitney Student Council's Thanksgiving Food Drive











Eli Whitney Student Council members separate donated items.

Pictured above are members of the Student Council with 561 pounds of donations.  Advisors Mary Trifone and Linda Delisio (back left) and advisor Marian Dippel and Roger LeBlanc, Food Shelf volunteer, (back r.) stand with the students.

Other Eli Whitney Student Council representatives pack boxes with donated food items.

Nick's donation ...


Tacoma Filled with Turkeys...



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Donations, donations...

Nick Vamvilis, co-owner of Maine Fish Market and sponsor of the Benefit Golf Tournament, delivers his donation of 15 turkeys.

Linda Bridge stands beside a Tacoma filled with 20 turkeys and 250 pounds of food donations.  With her are Gale Toyota owner Bob Greene (3rd upper l.), General Manager John Kupec (5th upper r.), and the Gale Toyota team.

Volunteer Jeff Fox moves donated items from the scale to the cart.

St. Bernard's Grade 8 CCD Class Practices Charity...






Members of the Grade 8 CCD class work with other volunteers to sort and pack hundreds of pounds of donated food items.

Grade 8 CCD teacher Karen Jarmoc works with her students (l-r Courtney, Sam, Sam, and Kristen) as they prepare boxes for storage.






James and Kyle assist a donor with the transfer of her turkey and food items.

Owen, James, and Jack (l-r) weigh donations, tally donated turkeys, and store the turkeys in freezers.

Troop 392 Helps...







Troop Leader Tom Donohue (foreground) supervises Bill and Drew (center) as they stock shelves.  In the background, Sue Rivera arranges canned pasta. 

Troop 392 moms help their sons as they organize the shelves for family shopping.

Troop member Matthew presents 2 gift certificates to Roger LeBlanc, President-Board of Directors.  Other troop members are Sean and Billy (front); Matthew, Ben, Chris, Cory (center); and Billy (back). 

Knights of Columbus Council 50 Delivers Turkeys...






Some of the 31 turkeys donated by the The Knights of Columbus Council 50 wait to be transferred to the freezers.

Members of the Knights of Columbus deliver their turkeys with the help of volunteers.  Pictured above (l-r) are Katie Phillips and her dad Bill Phillips, Paul Cunningham, student volunteers, and Tim Phillips - Grand Knight of Council 50.

TROUP 10343 Donates "blue bags"

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 10343 collected and donated 129 "blue bags" to be used by families as they shop.  Pictured above are (front row) Meghan, Rebecca, Megan, Jessie, Jessica, Nicole, Erin, Emily;
(middle row) Alyssa, Sarah, Meaghan, Rayann, Paige; and (back row) Taylor, and Emma.

Suffield High School Student Athletes Give Thanks with Service.


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Mike Bosworth, Suffield High School Athletic Director, organized the service project for the student athletes.  AD Mike prepares potatoes and juice for the families.

(from l. to r.) Seniors Drew and Anna distribute potatoes and juice while Lisa Bosworth helps husband Mike with the distribution of meats.


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Drew and Anna, both seniors, stock the shelves with a variety of drinks.

Kayla, a senior, assists a mom, who has an injured shoulder, with her shopping.

Seniors Jessica and Chelsea supervise the distribution of the meats.

Enfield Lions Club - "We serve"


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Jack McCuin, President of the Enfield Lions Club, presents a $1000 donation to Linda Bridge, Executive Director.

Marci (center) and her daughters, Haley (left) and Emily (right), place their donations on the scale.  They donated 16 pounds of food.


The "Blessed Bags" from the Enfield Congregational Church


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In the photo above left, organizers of the "Blessed Bags Drive," Dave Merrill (left) and Judy Merrill (center) store the "blessed bags" with help from Collette Carroll (right).  In the photo above right, parishioners deliver the donations .

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The photos below show the parishioners weighing and storing the donations.  The members of the parish donated 1500 pounds of food and 6 turkeys.

Stu Hosley's "Feed the Pig" Challenge



Turf Products Corporation Donates...




Stu Hosley (right) crafted a wooden pig to hold the donations of the patrons of Jiggy's Cafe (31 Enfield St., Enfield, CT).  Stu pledged to match the patron donations.  The patrons contributed $1264.50 which Stu Hosley matched.  Linda Bridge left) accepts the $2529 donation.

(from l. to r.) Bob Hacksunda, Linda Bridge, Donna Hacksunda, Darla Samol, and Audrey LaMesa, employees of the Turf Products Corporation (157 Moody Road, Enfield, CT), stand in front of 400 pounds of donated items collected in their food drive.  Not pictured is Doug Zeytoonjian, TPC President, who supported the efforts of his staff.


Pack 108 delivers...


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Members and friends of Pack 108 (photos l. and r.) unpack, weigh, and store 1009 pounds of food and 8 turkeys, collected in 4 hours outside Stop & Shop.  The group also received $ 500 in donations. Members of the group in the center photo are: (front row l.-r.) Rich Stroiney - Chairman & Cubmaster of Pack 108, Bruce Ensign, Allison Finnegan; (second row l. r.) Connor Juhasz, Grace Ensign, Kaylee England, Jocelyn Finnegan; (third row l.-r.) Kevin Stroiney, Jonathan Ensign, Alex Underwood, Brendan Kinney, Mark Finnegan; (back row l.-r.) Larry Juhasz - Den Leader, Bill Finnegan, Josh Ensign, Matthew Stroiney, Heather Underwood, and Carrie Kinney - Den Leader.  Special thanks to the other Pack 108 scouts & parents who spent a rainy day in front of Stop & Shop collecting the food and donations.


Let it shine... Let it Shine... Let it shine..


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Volunteers Peter Reno and Dwayne Marquis check their work.  Peter and Dwayne washed and sealed the floor in the Marilyn Rush room in preparation for the Thanksgiving shopping days.


Governor Rell's "A Day of Caring and Compassion"






Governor Jodi Rell held a press conference to commend Enfield Fire Chief Edward Richards (far left) and the members of the Fire Department for their participation in her project.  Governor Rell stressed the importance of helping those in need of food assistance.

Attending the press conference were (l-r) Linda Bridge, Executive Director; State Representative Karen Jarmoc; Roger LeBlanc, President of the Enfield Food Shelf Board of Directors; and State Representative Kathy Tallarita.







Firefighter Captain Don Ellis arrived with the donations collected at the participating sites.

Members of Enfield High School's FBLA club posed before helping to unload the donations.  Dan Clement, Business instructor and club advisor (far right), assisted club members. 

Firefighter Captain Don Ellis and FBLA members carried food donations for sorting.







Maryann Abar, Board Treasurer (front right), sorted foods donations with FBLA members.

Dennis (front right) moved filled boxes while others separated donations. 

Linda Bridge, Executive Director, watched as Chef Diane cooked hot dogs for the volunteers.

Henry Barnard PTO Friendly's Night


It takes a child to teach a village...

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Linda Bridge (left) thanked Erin Ciechowski, President of the Henry Barnard PTO, and Shawn Ciechowski, Vice-President, for collecting 94 pounds in food donations at the PTO's recent fundraising night at Friendly's on Elm Street.

A brother and his two sisters brought donations of non-perishable foods which they collected in their neighborhood.


Eric Tallman's Days of Caring and Compassion...


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In addition to collecting food donations,  Eric Tallman planned and raised funds to paint the floors in our preparation and storage rooms.  Erik worked throughout the year and dedicated a weekend to complete the painting.  The project was a part of Eric's Eagle Scout program.




Haunted Happenings

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at the Johnsons

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Donations from

Allied Community Services


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Bernadette and Mark Johnson sponsored their 7th Annual "Backyard Haunted House" project and collected 517 pounds of food and $75 in donations.

Staffers and workers from Allied Community Services of Enfield deliver donated items.  Donations from the Allied Community Services "Haunted House" totaled 347 pounds.


Enfield Weight Watchers Drive


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Thompsonville Little League Helps

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Weight Watchers of Enfield collected $175 and 709 pounds of food.  Mark Pallatino's Community Service crew delivered the donations.

Linda Bridge, Executive Director, prepares to throw the first pitch at the Thompsonville Little League Columbus Day Tournament as Tom Owens, League President, watches.  The players and spectators donated non-perishable items.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer



Trick or Treat Warlock ...



Reverend Michael Coons, Pastor, and his parshioners distributed assorted toiletries to our families.

Dick Fournier, Board Secretary and volunteer, welcomes families and helps with the shopping for meat and milk.

Turkey Drive a la Rich's Oil

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Blue Tornadoes U12 Team Sacrifices...


Mike Tippo (center), Board Vice-President and volunteer, accepts 32 turkeys and $580 delivered by staff members of Rich's Oil.  Owner Rich Tkcaz and his staff welcomed donations from the public and provided activities for children and a barbecue lunch at their business location.

Players for the "Blue Tornadoes" U12 Enfield Soccer team chose to donate money rather than have trophies, and they also collected food.  Team members are: Jessica, Samantha, Madison, Megan, Coach Stacy (top row); Kayla, Madison, April (middle row); Kayla, Karissa, Katie, Mackenzie (lower row); and Dorothy, Logan, Maeve, Lindsay, Amanda, Taylor, and Coach Chris (not pictured).

St. Adalbert's Catholic Pre-School "Little Angels" Bring Halloween Treats...







Ms. JoAnne Haine guided the parade to the Food Shelf.  The Angels donated 180 pounds of food.

Scooby Doo, a.k.a a Little Angel, dropped his donations into the box.

All of the Little Angels serenaded Linda Bridge, Executive Director, with the traditional "Five Little Pumpkins."


Helping with a Labor Day Lemonade Stand...



Mariah Pulver (left) and Olivia Keane (right) present a $50 donation to Linda Bridge.  Mariah and Olivia sold lemonade to raise money for us.


United Way Volunteers from The Hartford Remember September 11th with a "Day of Caring"









Jeff applies masking tape while Lisa and Melinda paint the wall of our Marilyn Rush distribution room.

Melinda Cross, Jeff Triblets, and Lisa Cousineau, United Way volunteers from The Hartford, participated in the September 11th "Day of Caring."

Lisa, Jeff, and Melinda admire their efforts on our behalf.



Preparing for the new shopping model...






Dylan, grandson of Linda Bridge, Executive Director, is overwhelmed by the items purchased at Price Rite.
With great effort, Dylan helps his grandmother unload the cereal to be made available to the families.




The Board of Directors named the main room of the Food Shelf in honor of Marilyn Rush, a dedicated teacher for 40 years, for her generous donation and support for our families.







Linda Bridge, Executive Director, presents a plaque honoring Marilyn Rush to Bill Rush.  The plaque is displayed in the room named to honor and remember Marilyn Rush. 
Members of the Rush family pose with the plaque honoring Marilyn Rush.  Pictured (left to right) are Bill Rush, Claire Rush, Gen Ward, Bill Rush, Jr, and Tanner Rush.

Rich's Oil Delivers...






Rich Tkacz (owner of Rich's Oil, Gas, Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning) delivers 412 pounds of food collected during a summer long drive which ended with a benefit barbecue. 
Rich Tkacz presents a donation of $540 to Linda Bridge, Executive Director.  Assiting Rich with the drive were Carolyn Tkacz, Aimee Ziter, Stacy Carabelli, Rhonda Stock, and Joe Levesque. 



Throughout the summer months, Hallmark employees have volunteered at our facility.  During this time, the Hallmarkers prepared the shelves for the new client shopping grocery store model, helped unload deliveries, stocked shelves, and assisted with the food distribution to our families.  All of us are grateful for their spirit and invaluable assistance.  We thank the employees for their incredible contributions, and we extend our appreciation to the Hallmark Card company for making this assistance possible.







Tobias, a Hallmark employee and volunteer, stocks and prepares shelves.
Diane Loveday (left), a Hallmark employee and volunteer, and her son, Adam (3rd from left), give a gift bicycle to Gabriel (center), one of our teen volunteers.







Hallmarker employee volunteers organized and covered shelves with laminated paper and protective plastic.
Families will walk through the shopping area and select items as indicated on their shopping lists.

JULY 2009


At the 4th of July Town Celebration









Diane, a Hallmark worker and volunteer, designed the shirt displayed at the booth.

Lorna (left) and Diane (right) supervise the Food Shelf booth helped by Danielle and Linda (not pictured).

The Food Shelf shirt displayed proudly at the booth.


Brendan's Concert Rocks Again...




Linda Bridge, Executive Director, accepts a $1000 donation from Brendan Albetski, lead singer of "In Spades" and organizer of ROCK for FOOD 2 held at the Village Center of Enfield.



Maine Fish Market Benefit Golf Tournament





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Nick Vamvilis (center), co-owner of Maine Fish Market, presents a $7000 check to Linda Bridge (2nd left), Executive Director.  Also pictured are Jonathan Rosignol (1st left) Lisa Vincent (4th left), and Liz Arietti (5th left), members of the restaurant staff who volunteered throughout the golf tournament held at the Hampden Country Club on May 18.


(left to right) Bill Kweder, Evans Farrell, Dick Fournier, and Bob Linehan, Food Shelf volunteers, represented us gallantly and finished their round a few strokes over par.


Hallmark Employees Helping during the Summer



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Jan prepares shelves.
Rosa covers shelves with plastic.
For the second summer, Carl Tallarita of Hallmark Cards, Inc. has arranged for employees to volunteer with us during the summer months.  The Hallmarkers assist with the stocking of shelves and the preparation of food for distribution.  Also, Hallmarkers have been preparing the shelf areas for the transition to a client choice grocery store method for families to select foods. 


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Jan, Diane, Rose, Sally, Deb, and Rosa, Hallmark employees, celebrate Rosa's retirement before continuing their preparation of foods for distribution.



EFS Volunteers S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E for Literacy


Members of  the the EFS Volunteers Scrabble Tournament Team (l. to r. front) Pat McCall, Nettie Raynard, Bernice Hollander, (l. to r. rear) Nadene Lake, Joann Supple, Donna Walsh, Linda Bridge, and Norma Lundquist participated in the scrabble fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteer Association.



ROCKVILLE BANK presents the









Bill McGurk, Rockville Bank President and CEO, enjoys the festivities with Linda Bridge, Executive Director.
U. S. Senator Christopher Dodd shares a moment with (l. to r.) Roger LeBlanc, President and Linda Bridge, Executive Director.
Cathy Kriss prepares to sell cookies at the Food Shelf booth.










"The Peppers, "Becca (left) and Emily (right), greeted people and distributed gift bags.


Linda Bridge, Executive Director, wears a special hat, created by Jim Piekos, "The Balloon Man."







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Organizers Kathy and Mike Freedman pause for a moment.
Spectators enjoy the band performance.

"Mad Mike" (left) and John Haymond, event sponsor(right), greet Miss Connecticut.







(1st from left) William J. McGurk, Rockville Bank President and CEO, and 97th from left) Joseph F. Jearmel, Rockville Bank Chief Operating Officer, present donations to (l. to r. ) Irene Murray of South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank;  Beth Stafford of Manchester Area Conference of Churches;  David Engelson of Hockanum Valley Community Council;   Dee Stathers of East Windsor's Five Corner Cupboard Food Pantry; and Linda Bridge of the Enfield Food Shelf.




22,000+ pounds / 11 tons of food

Neither rain... Nor wind... Nor hunger...










Bob Frederick, EFS volunteer (left), accepts donations from Letter Carrier Carol Snow (right).

Letter Carrier Brian Drake unloads his delivery of food donations.

EFS volunteer Nick Massetti (left) and Letter Carrier Dan Melo (right) carry donations to the Food Shelf.











Letter Carrier Dan Nacin makes his last delivery of the day.


Letter Carrier Bob Duffy (right) delivers food donations to Linda Bridge, EFS Executive Director (left).







Letter carrier Jim Piekos holds a "thank you" card given to residents making a food donation. Letter Carrier Lou Cutler (left) says the annual collection is his favorite day of the year.  As a member of "Uncle Jake's Seegar Box Band" (all members are postal employees), the band is committed to helping the Enfield Food Shelf.  Mike Tippo, EFS Vice-President (right), accepts donations from Cutler. (from l. to r.) Volunteers Elaine, Mark ,Paul and Linda Goguen unload a mail truck filled with donations at the Hazardville Fire Department drop-off site.













Mike Tippo, Board Vice- President (left) and Linda Bridge, Executive Director (right) present a "Very Important Person" Award to Dan Nacin, Enfield Letter Carrier representative, for the National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive.



Roseanne Plagenza (left) continues her annual tradition of volunteering during the postal drive and Jane Griffee (right) lends a helping hand.






Joan Carrara helps sort and shelve the food donations.

What do you do

with 11 tons of food donations?




You weigh, sort,

pack, and

store it !!!







Joseph Cote (left) and John Kupec (right) do a lot of heavy lifting and storing of boxes.
Don Griffey lifts one of the thousands of bags of donated food.
Danielle Ezold boxes the donated pasta items.








Ayla Formeister (left), Patti Cobb (center), and Mitch Cobb (right) spent time processing donations.

Enfield resident Tracie Gordona missed giving her donations to her letter carrier, so she delivered the foods herself.

Zach Zulkiewicz of Windsor (CT) packs the boxes of cereal.







Emily Cobb of Ellington (left) separates shampoo with Enfielders Marissa Larose (center) and Megan Cunningham (right).
Tom Prescott carries bags of donated food items to be sorted.
Erika Fleming smiles as she separates the hundreds of canned goods.













Jaime Cunningham of Enfield volunteered throughout

the day with Paul, her dad, and Tyler, her brother.











"Fill the Boat" Award to Ms. Gianni's 4th Grade Class




Students in Ms. Gianni's 4th Grade class (room9) collected the most food items.  Overall, the E. H. Parkman students filled the boat with 1200 items weighing 1093 pounds.


Members of Troop #10681 (left) Ashley Patrie and (right) Stephanie Bundard with the help of (center) Matthew Bungard deliver piles of "green bags." Linda Bridge, Executive Director (left), accepts a donation from Ed Palomba (right) of Savings Institute Bank & Trust (Enfield, CT).




On "Make a Difference Day," volunteers from C&S Wholesale Grocers spent the day cleaning, sorting foods, and filling bags.  Also, the volunteers delivered 2 slats of food products from the company.


Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Remembers and Honors





The parishioners of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer of Enfield present a $765 donation in the memory of Lance Corporal Phillip S. Johnson.  Pictured above (left to right) are Elder Anthony Parlapiano; Louis Johnson, father of Lance Corporal Johnson; Pastor Michael Coons; Linda Bridge, Food Shelf Executive Director; Donna Prajzner, parish Food Shelf coordinator; Gail Warnock, Easter Brunch Program coordinator; and Aaron Coons.




Asnuntuck Community Action Day






4th Community Action Day...

In the photo, Mike Tippo, volunteer and Vice-President of the Board of Directors, accepts a delivery of donated items from Stacy Tweedie , event organizer and Associate Director of Career Services at the Asnuntuck Community College.  The community college's fourth Community Action Day resulted in a huge influx of diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food for us.  Collections were held in each community which Asnuntuck services, and the donated items were given to agencies providing assistance in each town. 

Northern CT Bass Anglers of Enfield

Benefit Tournament


Linda Bridge accepts a check for $240 from Billy Dakota.  Other anglers (left to right) are Justin Clark, Guy Beaudoin, Norman Boucher, Jay Rhodes, and Jeff Norris.  The members also collected 80 lbs. of food at the fishing tournament held on Lake Congamond, Southwick, MA

These didn't get way...



Pictured above and below are some of the bass which the anglers caught at the benefit tournament.


Troop 10587 delivering food, baby items, and cookies


(from left) Nicole Chartier, Emily Bensley, Marissa Demers, Nicole Prosinski, "mascot" Carley Demers (foreground) and their leaders, deliver 100 pounds of food, lots of baby items, Girl Scout cookies in "green" bags to Linda Bridge.  Other troop members include Sarah Burt, Amelia Gunther, Tory Hatcher, and Kara Morin.

The Easter Baskets have arrived...



Cassandra Mollison and Melanie Dwyer, representatives of Enrico Fermi High School's "Leo Club," deliver Easter baskets for our families. Club members created the baskets under the supervision of Mrs. Cokkinias, Advisor.

Eggs, eggs, eggs ...


(from left) Cedric, Ryan, Tom, and Gordon prepare eggs for the special Easter distribution.

Food Shelf Easter Bunnies...


Kelsey (left) and Sami (right) are ready to distribute Easter baskets, candy, and plastic eggs.

Diapers, diapers, diapers ...


Officers from the MacDougall Correctional Institution (Suffield, CT) deliver boxes of diapers.

VNA Healthcare volunteer...


Kathy Plourde, RN, BSN, a VNA Healthcare Community Liason, provides information and makes free pill distribution boxes available to our families.







At our Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, we honored four individuals with VIP (Very Important Person) awards for their dedication to and support of the organization. The recipients, pictured with the Enfield Food Shelf's Executive Director Linda Bridge, are (left to right) - Mark Pallatino (Supervisor for State Community Services), Bob D'Alessandro (owner of Scitico Market), Carl Tallarita (Distribution Manager for Hallmark Cards), and Alan Lanouette (owner of Kariden Electric).






Parkway Pavilion Cares ...


The staff of Parkway Pavilion Healthcare conducted a food drive and collected 208 pounds as well as monetary donations.  Linda Bridge,(2nd left) accepts proceeds from (left-right) Rebecca Veniscosky, Heidi Gilmore, Denise Hickson, and Mary Ellen Jordon.

Going Green with Troop 10770


Members of Troop 10770 and leaders Gina Doerner (left) and Diane Zorda (right) donated 70 pounds of food and "green" bags.

Hamilton-Sundstrand Benefit Tag Sale/Auction ...


Bob Fredericks, Hamilton-Sundstrand employee and Enfield Food Shelf volunteer, presents a $2375 check to Linda Bridge.  With the support of Heidi Dirgins, Operations Manager, the company conducted a charity tag sale at which employees could buy items at an auction.  The company donated the proceeds of the auction to us.

"Splish!  Splash! I was..."

in the

Scantic Valley Spring Splash


Jeff and Mike Dynia, organizers of the Spring Flash held on the Scantic River in the Powder Hollow area of Enfield, CT, asked contestants and spectators to donate nonpershiable food items for us.  At the conclusion of the races, 480 pounds of food had been given.



A kayaker (above) races down the

Scantic River.



Ted Kenyon (above) navigates the Scantic River.




Mike Dynia (right), Race Chairman of the Scantic Spring Splash, presents a $1000 donation to Linda Bridge, Executive Director.  The event also collected 470 pounds of food donations.


Food Donations from the Fermi High Track Team



Healthcare Information



Coaches Dan O'Connell and Walter Sullivan deliver 456 pounds of food collected during a neighborhood drive conducted by members of the high school track team.
Evelyn Soto, a representative of the Community Healthcare Center, Inc (Enfield, CT), prepares to distribute information about services available to our families at the center located at 9 North Main Street.

Help for Job Seekers



OOPS!!! Frozen Mich!



Peter Kenny, organizer of "Job Seekers," shows materials to Linda Bridge, Executive Director.  Peter offers advice about job searching to our families and conducts a seminar every Thursday evening at the Congregational Church (8 Main Street, Windsor Locks, CT at 7PM)  Call 860-878-0117 for help . Volunteer Barbara Costas (foreground) smiles in amazement as Mich, another volunteer, emerges from the freezer after cleaning it.


Stop & Shop's

"Food for Friends"



The "Coin War" at Henry Barnard School



Stop & Shop Store Managers Brett LaFlamme, Natrice Bryan, and Tina Kosoka (from left to right) present $2995, collected during the "Food for Friends" Drive, to Linda Bridge, Executive Director (3rd from left). Henry Barnard students collected more than a $1000 in the "Coin War" conducted at the school during the holiday season.  Mary Kate Pestana, Samantha Rivera, and Savannah Deskis present a check for $577.  Fifty turkeys were also purchased. 

"Tons of Pennies" from the Children of Holy Trinity Church


The Children of Holy Trinity Church (Enfield, CT) collected and donated "tons of pennies" and present a donation to Linda Bridge, Executive Director during a holiday service.



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