"When you hear the word, poverty, that sometimes doesn't point to the many different kinds of people who from time to time come to rely on the Stamford food bank."
Congressman Jim Himes joined members of the Fairfield County Young Democrats at the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County in Stamford to collect and sort out donated nonperishable food items.
"I donated four cans, and some rice and some spaghetti sauce," said volunteer Laura Barbosa.
The fairfield county young democrats is an organization that engages young people in the community in local volunteer activities. It's the first time the organization has volunteered at the Food Bank.
"If we don't take the time out to give some time and to support people who are maybe less fortunate than us, then we can be in a situation where we are not truly benefiting from the resources that are available in this community," said Matthew Quinones.
Himes says the need for food has become more urgent within Fairfield County, as more residents consistently rely on the food bank on a weekly basis.
"When people hear the word 'Fairfield County, they think of lots of wealth and lots of affluence, but the reality is of course, this is a very high expense area and not everybody is affluent and wealthy, so poverty takes a lot of different shapes."
He tells us an increasing number of residents continue to face financial trouble, and the elderly are among those most in need.
"Hunger is most pervasive among senior citizens who are living on fixed incomes," said Himes. "If energy costs go up, of course it's the food budget which takes the hit."
"Stamford is a great city that gives us young people lots of things to do, so it's important to give back and the food bank is a great way," said Barbosa.
For more information about the Food Bank visit foodbanklfc.org.