Joseph Merritt Co. Hosts Third Annual Food Drive, Donating Over 1,000 Items for and After Thanksgiving
HARTFORD, CT—November 25, 2014—Joseph Merritt Co. has completed its third annual company-wide food drive. The food drive concluded on the Friday before Thanksgiving in an effort to help round out the Thanksgiving meals and help restock the shelves at local food pantries after the Thanksgiving rush. Last year the company collected and donated 1,141 items and this year the staff is happy to report that they have donated 1,262 items. The food was distributed to five locations near each of the company’s branches: MANNA Community Pantry in Hartford, Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury, CT; Food Bank in East Haven, CT; Amos House in Providence, RI; and Council of Social Concern Food Pantry in Woburn, MA.
Giving back to the communities is something Merritt takes pride in. Each year Merritt sponsors charitable events supporting education, health, and social concerns. Connecticut Food Bank reports that one in seven households do not have the means to provide for the food they need. Food insecurity is a phrase used by the USDA to describe lack of consistent access to adequate amounts of food for an active, healthy life. The Child Food Insecurity 2014 Study shows that more than 155,000 Connecticut children are food insecure. This translates to one in five Connecticut children not knowing when their next meal will be. The study also reports a large portion of these children come from homes that do not qualify for federal or state assistance.
Similar to last year Ed Perry, president and CEO of Joseph Merritt Co., added a little friendly competition and an incentive for employees to donate. "We offered cash prizes for the top three contributors. We did it last year and it added some entertainment—last year’s winner only won by one item." This year’s top contributor was Alyssa at the New Haven branch with a grand total of 608 items. "Our employees are good people and they are happy to give back to our communities regardless of the added motivation," said Perry.
About Joseph Merritt Co.
Joseph Merritt Co. is a national leader in the graphic imaging industry. Headquartered in Hartford, CT, since 1908, the "Merritt: company has always been a trend setting, highly diversified company. With its five unique product groups, Merritt offers customers a full complement of digital services ranging from document printing, grand-format and small-format printing, direct mail services, custom graphic fabrication, to document scanning and document retrieval.
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