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Sponsors Announce Third Annual Uniting for United Competitive Food Drive

May 01, 2018

NORWICH CT (MAY 1, 2018) – Savings Institute Bank & Trust, along with Rotary Community Corps of Norwich, The Bulletin and The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the third annual Uniting for United Competitive Food Drive. The event will benefit the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, a program of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. Last years’ competition brought together over 20 local businesses in 75 different locations, and the event has raised more than $10,000 and 15,000 pounds of food since it was founded in 2015.

This year’s competition is slated to begin May 14th and will run until May 31st, with the official weigh-in collection in the Surplus Unlimited parking lot in Norwich on June 1st, which will include on-site media coverage, raffles and food vendors. Over 75 local businesses with 150+ locations will compete to collect the most food in three categories including a business type category, overall weight category, and an overall monetary collection category. 

“We’re proud to continue to expand the competition, bringing in The Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce to help us spread the word about this worthy event,” stated Cassandra Giovanni, Marketing Manager at Savings Institute Bank & Trust and co-founding member of the event. “Our goal this year is to double both our participants and the amount of food and money collected.”

Sponsors for this year’s event include major media sponsor, The Bulletin; Hall Communications, Full Power Radio, and Cumulus Radio as radio sponsors; Collection Transport sponsors Scranton Motors, Inc. and J+G Trucking and Collection Location sponsor, Surplus Unlimited.

Participating Locations

 Financial Institutions
 Charter Oak Credit Union Chelsea Groton Bank
Core Plus Credit Union
 Dime Bank Eastern Savings Bank  Jewett City Savings Bank
 Liberty Bank Putnam Bank  Savings Institute Bank & Trust
     
 Insurance Agencies
 Allstate Norwich Bouvier Insurance Byrnes Agency
 Chelsea Insurance
 Agency
Farmer's Insurance - 
Norwich
Quintal Agency
 Sava Insurance Smith Brothers Insurance
     
 Restaurants  
 Brick & Basil Caddy Shack 2 Canggio Restaurant
 Cottage Gardens Bakery Dixie Donuts Harp & Dragon Pub
 Illiano's Grill Jack's Brick Oven Pizzeria Olde Tymes Restaurant
 Prime 82 Tulli's Family Pizza  Uncle D's Blazin' BBQ
 Yantic River Inn    
     
 Plant Lovers    
 Agway - Norwich Lefrancois Floral  McKenna’s
 Hart's Greenhouse - Norwich & Preston  
     
 Automotive    
 Kleemann's Lisbon Tire Macara's
 Napa Auto Parts Norwich Speed Shop
Sabby's Auto
 Scranton Chevrolet Thrifty's  
     
 Hotels    
 Courtyard Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Holiday Inn Norwich
 Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham 
     
 Non-Profits    
 Backus Hospital Easter Seals Foundry 66
 Madonna Place NAACP UCFS
 Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®  
     
 Education    
 Griswold Public Schools NFA Project Outreach  Preston Public Schools
     
 Fitness

 Crossfit Payback Get Bent Planet Fitness
 Summit Fitness     
     
 Specialty Healthcare    
 Norwichtown Rehabilitation & Care Center
 Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center   
     
 Other    
 AA Lock & Key American Ambulance Amgraph
 The Bulletin Camaro Signs Norwich Public Utilities
 Nutmeg Companies Shoprite - Norwich Sure Bright Cleaners
 Raymour & Flanigan Furniture