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Meet and Help Your Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbors and Help Your Neighbors

With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a time when we're all thinking of what to give Mom to show our appreciation, and Greenwich Patch is hoping you'll expand that spirit and join us Saturday, May 5, for giving to our neighbors.

For Patch Awareness day, Greenwich Patch, in partnership with , 26 Arcadia Rd. in Old Greenwich, is holding a food drive to benefit , Greenwich's only food pantry.

Neighbor to Neighbor Director Cathy Lynch says the need is desperate in Greenwich. The food pantry that's based at has about 500 families in Greenwich who need the services it provides. "Last year we gave 300,000 meals worth of food," Lynch said. "It's every demographic—senior citizens, working families with children, disabled individuals."

Clients are able to receive 3 days worth of food each week, Lynch said. "They are very grateful for what they get," she said.

Donations of staples such as pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jellly, tuna, rice and beans are appreciated, Lynch said. "We appreciate anything people can donate."

So I hope you'll stop by to meet me and some of the staff members at Patch and enter a free raffle for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Porricelli's Food Mart from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., May 5. And we'll have plenty of Patch giveaways too—water bottles, pens, tote bags, balloons for the kids, etc.

If you are in the area, stop by and chat us up – and the weather gods should be on our side. The National Weather Service forecast isn't dampening our spirits even though it's calling for a slight chance of rain or drizzle but mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

We also will be raffling a $50 gift card to Porricelli's to one lucky winner. To enter, you will be asked on Saturday to sign up for the Greenwich Patch newsletter, which is a free service of the site. A winner who will be chosen at random and contacted by email must respond by 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012, in order to receive the gift card. See the attached document for full contest rules.

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