Ameriprise Financial advisors and employees from Six Point Wealth Advisors in Milldale and Watermark Wealth Advisors in Southington recently joined forces to help ensure local families have nutritious meals.

Organized by James D. Garstang, CFP, private wealth advisor based at Six Point Wealth Advisors, nine people volunteered at Tops Market and Stop & Shop to collect food items for Southington Bread for Life. This effort was centered on helping the one in six Americans who struggle with hunger.

The event was part of an annual national day of service on Nov. 14, organized by Ameriprise in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading anti-hunger organization. More than 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisors, employees and clients from across all 50 states spent the day helping more than 400 hunger-relief organizations prepare for increased demand for services around the holiday season. The national effort has become Feeding America’s largest partner volunteer event in the country.
This was the fourth year that the local Ameriprise offices participated.

“Each day, families surviving on limited budgets are forced to choose between food and other essentials. By giving just a few hours of time, we provide food and hope to families who need our help,” Garstang said.

The end result was approximately 3,000 pounds of food as well as monetary contributions.

“This is a season for giving of time, talent and treasury to those who need a helping hand. We are most grateful to Ameriprise and its volunteers who collect food and funds for us when the need is so great. You are making a difference in feeding the hungry. Without such support we could not continue to do all that we do here in Southington,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director.

For more information about Bread for Life, visit the website, on Facebook or call the office at (860) 276-8389.

Photos courtesy of Ameriprise
AJ Garstang, left, and Ray La Palme, of Six Point Wealth Advisors, staff the collection outside Tops Market.

Chris Fry, left, and Rick D’Amato, of Watermark Wealth Advisors, stand outside Stop & Shop to collect food for Bread for Life.