A Farmington company with a spirit of assisting people in need has a tradition of extending a helping hand outside town. For the fourth year, ebm-papst conducted a food collection, which resulted in more than 600 non-perishable items for Southington Bread for Life.

Ebm-papst is a Germany-based company with U.S. headquarters in Farmington. A leading source for engineered air movement products, ebm-papst provides solutions for industrial heating, cooling and ventilation challenges, and applications including ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration, gas and heating, household appliances, industrial and transportation, and more, according to the company website.

The connection between Bread for Life and ebm-papst was initiated by Janet Boutin, receptionist, who volunteers with her husband, Dennis Boutin, at Bread for Life.

“We’ve heard about all the wonderful things that the organization supplies to the homeless, the shut-ins and the seniors in the community and we thought it would be a great place to support,” said Barbara Cook, administrative assistant, who coordinates the food collections.

“It is commendable that even businesses and their employees outside Southington believe in Bread for Life’s mission, so ‘that no one may go hungry,’” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director.

“We cannot thank ebm-papst and its employees enough for their continued dedication and support. With everyone working together, we are all making a difference.”

For more information, visit the website www.southingtonbreadforlife.org or call the Bread for Life office at (860) 276-8389.

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Photo courtesy of ebm-papst

Those involved in the food collection at ebm-papst include, from left, Roger Lemire and Dennis Boutin, of Bread for Life; Barbara Cook, administrative assistant; Sarah Worden, human resources manager; Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director; Don Beckwith, senior vice president – finance and administration; Janet Boutin, receptionist; Marcus Pabon, picker/packer; and Andrew Pelletier, picker/packer.