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Harvesting Hope: Heartwarming Stories of Unexpected Generosity Fueling the Cornerstone Food Cupboard

Updated: Apr 2

Donations of non-perishable food items are a key to the Cornerstone Food Cupboard’s

ability to continue to provide food assistance for the over 550 families we serve. As we

approach the holiday season, the donations we receive increase markedly and truly are

a major support for our efforts. In addition to ongoing donations that we receive from

several area churches and civic organizations, we often receive very welcome

donations that we certainly did not expect. Here are two of those donations we received

in November.


Crystal Lake Elementary School in Ellington Cereal Food Drive


This small school of about 300 students collected boxes of cereal for the Food Cupboard.

They presented us with 290 boxes of cereal for our families. The cost of cereal is so

expensive that this is truly a bonanza for us.


Lower Bolton Lake Halloween Food Drive


Laurie DiMauro contacted me with a creative idea of having a Halloween food drive.

She and some friends dressed in costumes and welcomed people lakeside with their

donations. Many donors arrived by boat, kayak, etc. Others drove to the boat launch

with their donations. The weekend it was scheduled was rainy and cold, so they had to

postpone the drive until the following weekend. They still collected 596 food items for

the Cupboard!


Thank you to all who participated in these food drives and to all who continue to support

our mission.


Lee Hay

Food Cupboard Director

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