Representatives of the local BJ’s wholesale club recently presented a ceremonial check and gift cards totaling $1,700 to Southington Bread for Life.

Shari Stary, DDR supervisor, said BJ’s holds a commitment to supporting local organizations and services that help the underserved population. Employees play a large role in fundraising by participating in various “dress down” days such as Flannel Shirt Friday during which they contribute $1. She said the company was glad to establish this connection with Bread for Life and hopes it will be an ongoing relationship.

Prior to the check presentation on July 14, Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director, had the opportunity to discuss the non-profit’s summer feeding program with Stary and other BJ’s representatives. He highlighted the meal program that provides free pre-packaged “grab ‘n’ go” nutritional lunches to youth 18 and younger at Wheeler Village, Summer Brook Apartments and Memorial Park.

Hafford said BJ’s gift card donation will enable Bread for Life to fill in the gaps in providing food to those in need. “We are extremely grateful to BJ’s for supporting our services and programs to feed the hungry right here in Southington,” Hafford said.

The mission of Bread for Life is to provide food, fellowship and a sense of dignity to those in need. In the past year alone, Bread for Life served more than 35,000 meals to Southington residents.

For more information, visit the website, visit Facebook or call the office at 860-276-8389. Bread for Life is a 501c3 nonprofit United Way Agency.


BJ’s wholesale club representatives present a ceremonial check on July 14 to Southington Bread for Life to ensure “that no one may go hungry.” From left are, David Donnelly, Bread for Life board treasurer; Eric Gagner, BJ’s employee; Shari Stary, BJ’s DDR supervisor; Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director; and Bill Kearns, BJ’s operations manager.