New Haven, CT - Stop & Shop teamed up with the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race to help raise over $5,000 for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen to help feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual road race focused on community organizations most affected by COVID-19 and asked participants to consider donating to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) during online registration. Stop & Stop generously agreed to match all donations up to $2,500.
The race and its participants raised nearly $10,000 in total, for several local New Haven non-profits and community organizations.
“Food insecurity across our communities has become a rapidly growing issue since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting organizations, such as DESK, who work tirelessly in the fight against food insecurity is so important to Stop & Shop, and we look forward to helping in the continued efforts to ensure our neighbors have access to food during their times of need” - Maura O’Brien, Manager of External Communication and Community Relations with Stop & Shop.
DESK serves over 4,000 people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity. At the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, DESK moved quickly to partner with our sister agencies to develop and launch a new program, called Pantry-to-Pantry, to ensure that those who are immunocompromised and should not be leaving their homes would have the food they need. Today, more than 100 volunteers deliver groceries to over 1,100 households.
The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race was very pleased with the support they were able to give to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Joel Faxon, long time race sponsor stated “although the race looked different this year, I am proud of the contributions our participants and the race made to DESK. It was great to see the community come together to support a great cause.”
Sponsors of the New Haven Road Race included the Faxon Law Group, Stop & Shop, AVANGRID, Alexion, Town Fair Tire, Yale University, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, New Haven Terminal and 99.1PLR.