Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will hold a food drive Nov. 1 through Nov. 14 to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut. All donations brought to the museum at 3011 Whitney Ave. will benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
“In Connecticut, one in seven households can’t always afford the food they need,” said Claire Puzarne, manager of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. “In New Haven County, the need is even greater, with 20 percent of children struggling with hunger.”
The museum is asking for only nonperishable items. The most needed items include: 100 percent fruit juice, canned vegetables and fruit, chunky soups and beef stews, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, powdered milk, rice, canned or dry beans, spaghetti and sauce, tuna and other canned meat, and specialty items, including those that are gluten-free, low sodium and sugar free.
“Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum envisions a world without hunger. The museum aspires toward that goal by helping those who are hungry in our community. Last year we donated 281 pounds of food to the Connecticut Food Bank,” Puzarne said.
The Connecticut Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization that works with corporations, community organizations and individuals to solicit, transport, warehouse and distribute donated food. They provide food to nearly 700 soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries throughout the state and distributed 16 million meals to its residents in 2014. The organization is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity network.