State Representative Dave Rutigliano (R-123), together with his fellow Trumbull Representatives Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122), are hosting a month-long food drive to benefit the Trumbull Food Bank.

The food collection period will be Tuesday, Dec. 1 to Thursday, Dec. 17. A collection bin will be placed at the Trumbull Town Hall and will stay there from Dec. 1 through Dec. 17.

On Saturday, Dec. 12 the three Trumbull State Representatives will be collecting food outside the Trumbull Stop & Shop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to show their appreciation for those giving donations.

“This is the season for giving and for lending a hand to support our residents who need a little help. If you have a chance, come by and say hello. Make a donation if you’re able. Every little bit helps,” said Rep. Rutigliano.

“As the holidays and cold months approach, lets help out our Trumbull in-need families with a food donation, no matter how small," said Rep. Devlin.

"The Trumbull Food Bank benefits so many local families," said Rep. McGorty. "I hope everyone in the community can help out a little, assuring those in need won't have to go without this Holiday Season."

Over the last few years, the number of families receiving food assistance from the food bank has increased markedly due to economic conditions and to the harsh winters we have had in state. The food bank accepts non-perishable food items, paper products like paper towels and toilet paper, and toiletries such as shampoo and toothpaste

Another suggested donations needed are: cereal, honey, dry noodles/pasta, flour, rice and rice mixes, boxed 100% juice, jelly and jam, vegetable oil, paper products, peanut butter, canned tuna, baked beans, canned beans and pastry mixes.

Additionally, the pantry accepts gift cards from local stores that allow pantry workers to buy items they are unable to stock.