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Valley United Way's Harvest House

Shelton Riverwalk
Saturday, September 28, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013

Valley United Way has already collected 1 million meals for people in need, what will you do to help? Make a difference in the community at Harvest House V located at the Shelton Riverwalk on 100 Canal Street , September 28th and 29th. Harvest House is a biannual festival during which a 400-square-foot house is constructed out of shelves and filled with more than 100,000 nonperishable food items. The food that is collected is then distributed to food banks serving Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton, and Oxford. This year marks its fifth year and in the past four Harvest Houses, over one million meals have been provided to Valley families in need.  Like the classic idea of barn raising, in which a community comes together to build a barn so that one family can thrive, Harvest House utilizes the collective action of the community for the common good. Families in need, in turn, are able to thrive rather than go hungry. According to the Connecticut Food Bank, 14.5 percent, or 520,350 of Connecticut’s residents are food insecure. You can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors just by donating a few cans of food.  Do something good for the community and have fun at the same time! This year’s festival will feature even more events than before. There are lots of great activities for all such as a visit from some animal friends from the Beardsley Zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, a comedy magic show, touch a truck, moon bounce, hula hoops, karate, dance, fitness and acting performances, cub scout Olympics, and live music. A “CAN”tastic Construction Competition will be held where teams can enter structures built out of non-perishable food items. The Girl Scouts, Liquid Lunch and the Shelton/Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. and Ambulance Corps . will be serving a hot diggity dog and harvest soup supper as well as a pancake breakfast. Learn more about the great events going and all about Harvest House at Patricia Tarasovic Director of the Volunteer Center Valley United Way 203-926-9478