FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TVCCA and 97.7 WCTY Host Modified Annual Food Drive to Assist Neighbors in Need Contact: Megan Brown, Sr. Director – Marketing & Development 860-912-9024 (cell) NORWICH, Conn., November 4, 2020 -- TVCCA and 97.7 WCTY will be at Big Y World Class Market in Norwich November 5th through November 6th collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations to assist our struggling neighbors in New London County. This marks the 22nd year that TVCCA and WCTY have partnered on this food drive. All food donations benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank, which distributes the foods collected through the drive to more than 80 food pantries, shelters, childcare centers, community meal sites, and programs for the elderly. All monetary donations support TVCCA’s Client Emergency Fund, which addresses critical client needs not covered through other funding sources. This year’s food drive will look a little different. Those coming to drop off will be asked to remain in their vehicle while TVCCA volunteers retrieve the donation. Donations can be dropped off from 8am – 6pm on November 5th or 6th. Monetary donations can be made on-site or online at www.tvcca.org. The need for food is greater than ever this year, as we have seen families across the region and state lining up at mobile food distribution sites. Additionally, food centers, like the United Way, are seeing less donations being made from traditional sources like grocery stores. Most needed food items include pasta, soup and broth, brown and white rice, canned and dried beans, canned fish and meat, peanut butter, dry cereals and oatmeal, canned vegetables, tomato products, shelf-stable milk, jams and jellies, and 100% juice. All donations should be in undamaged and unexpired packages. No glass containers are accepted. About Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA): Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA) is New London County’s private, 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Action Agency. Its mission is to increase self-sufficiency and economic security for low income individuals and families in Eastern Connecticut through a broad spectrum of community based collaborations, promoting community awareness, and providing comprehensive, quality services. When incorporated in 1965, TVCCA operated one program – it now operates 28 programs that serve low-income, at risk individuals and families of all ages. To learn more about TVCCA please visit www.tvcca.org.