Through Sunday, February 2nd, a group of Southern Westchester and Southern Connecticut ice hockey clubs and teams come together to take on a common rival, hunger.
During this Hockey vs. Hunger week, the Rye Rangers Hockey Club and other local clubs and teams have offered to organize their players and opponents to collect the most needed items for the Carver Center food pantry at practice and games.
Over the past two seasons the Rye Rangers have successfully run a food donation week for Carver and this year’s expanded effort includes Greenwich Blues Hockey Association, Mariners Hockey, Rye Rangers Hockey Club, Erik Nates Euro Hockey, Greenwich High School, Rye Country Day School, Rye High School, Rye Middle School and Rye Town/Harrison Titans.
The most needed food items are: rice, cooking oil, dry or canned beans, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, shelf stable milk and pasta. Rye Country Day School, Dorothy Hamill and Chelsea Piers rinks have all generously agreed to support this effort and offered to be points of collection. There will also be collection boxes at Rye Middle and Rye High School for all students who want to participate.
Players and their families will also have the opportunity to bring the food to The Carver Center and spend time stocking the pantry shelves once the collection period has ended. This will give the young players a chance to see where they food they bring to the rink ends up.
For more information or to make a donation, please email HockeyvsHunger@gmail.com
About the Carver Food & Clothing Pantry
The Carver Center Food Pantry in Port Chester continues to experience notable increases in the number of families they serve. On average, they need to have enough food to feed 1,400 people every month, and with assistance from their extended community, they strive to consistently meet that goal. The Food Pantry is a grocery store-style food pantry, one of only three in the town of Port Chester, and the only one that is grocery store-style. Eligible individuals and families shop once a month for 3 days worth of emergency and supplemental food. A walk-in refrigerator was recently installed, allowing the pantry to offer fresh produce on a daily basis. The adjacent Clothing Pantry supplies gently used clothing as well as some household items, baby items and toys. The Food Pantry is open five days a week and serves nearly 1,200 individuals a month.