Recent food drives have helped to replenish typically low shelves this time of year at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a program of Middletown.
Members of and the held food drives at Stop and Shop in Middletown and Cromwell and Price Chopper in Middletown in August.
South Congregational collected 1,344 pounds along with $637 in cash and gift cards. Police organized a Fill the Cruiser at Price Chopper, and collected 1,388 pounds of food and $540. City Hall contributed 100 pounds of food and $149.
Food drives are crucial as St. Vincent De Paul's Amazing Grace Food Pantry is currently distributing 30,000 pounds of food per month to an average of 950 shoppers, an increase of 13 percent from last year.
"Fifteen percent of all the food at Amazing Grace is donated through organized food drives," explained St. Vincent de Paul's executive director Ron Krom. "Food drives are extremely helpful. A food drive can just be a one-day commitment and can potentially bring in 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of food."
Food donations are accepted Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.