Southington Bread for Life officials recently expressed thanks to employees of Ameriprise Financial Services for their time and efforts in conducting a food drive at Stop & Shop and Top’s Market on June 19. The collection was held in conjunction with the Ameriprise National Day of Service. Financial planners participated from two local offices, 1783 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike in Milldale and 100 Queen St. in Southington.

“We were part of a nationwide team of 4,000 volunteers,” said Andrew J. Garstang, financial planner. Ameriprise is committed to eliminating domestic hunger, according to a company press release, through its partnership with Feeding America®. In 2014, with support from employees and advisors, Ameriprise provided 10 million meals and more than 30,000 volunteer hours to hunger-relief organizations across the country.

“The donation of food from our community will help us feed the hungry at our kitchen, our senior feeding program and our homebound friends,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director. “Without the generosity of businesses like Ameriprise, we could not do all that we do.”

Ameriprise has conducted numerous food collections for Bread for Life and plans to hold another in November.

Photo courtesy of Ameriprise Financial Services

Ray LaPalme, left, and James D. Garstang of Ameriprise Financial collect food at Top’s Market for Southington Bread for Life.

Robin Lee Michel
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