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Food pantries in Bethel, Newtown host food drives

Yesterday marked National Food Bank Day.  Bethel-based Brotherhood in Action is hosting a food drive today.  The Stuff a truck/humvee event is taking place from 9am to noon at their headquarters on Greenwood Avenue.  FAITH Food Pantry in Newtown will hold a food drive Monday from 9am to noon.  During the annual Newtown Labor Day parade, volunteers will be collecting donations and food while they march along the route.  Newtown state Senator Tony Hwang says food insecurity and the hunger crisis exists in all communities.  He's grateful that local food pantries are collecting good to fill their depleted shelves.  Hwang says households are struggling with inflation costs on food, while trying to pay elevated energy bills and make other payments.