Listen to our CEO and Founder, Susan Brown, tell you what PPB is all about:
We are so grateful for all the support the community showed during Hunger Action Month (September)! We ended September off with a bang. We had our first ever block party. Shout Out to Wilbar Ave and all the neighbors who agreed to have the party hosted on their street. Heather and John Profetto donated their time and food, Lord of the Cello donated his time and musical talents! He is new to Milford, and a must see/hear!
Thank you to Adam’s Hometown Market and their customers for being so very supportive, we ended September with a round up week at their store and our last Adam's food drive for 2023 was on November 5th! We will be back at Adam’s with our monthly food drives in January.
November donation bin business host sites for the Purple Pantry Boxes:
Mojoe’s Gym 55 Old Gate Lane Milford 2nd floor
Shoreline Family Chiropractic 314 Merwin Ave Milford
New England Brewing Company 175 Amity Rd Woodbridge,
Sensitive Care Dentistry 55 Old Gate Lane Milford
Our newest permanent donation location is the American Legion Post 196 25 Merwin Ave Milford.
We are closing out 2023 with many activities and opportunities.
We have added 3 volunteers to our team, we now have 40 folks helping to fill the pantries, it’s never too late to join our wonderful team!
We have continued to receive support for the Milford PTA, 3 more schools had more food drives. We continue with our mission of educating people on issues surrounding food insecurity and have a few more talks scheduled this year.
The Boy Scout food drive is an annual event on November 10-12. They collect food and distribute it to families who have reached out, needing support. We will be volunteering during this event, the more hands the merrier.
There are two community wide events that help support the Purple Pantry Boxes during the holiday season and they are both on Thanksgiving.
The Milford Turkey Trot: there will be food, drinks, raffles, a PPB food drive and the walk/run. New to this year, the Rum Runners are playing live music for everyone!
The Purple Pantry Turkey Bowl (details on FB) will also be Thanksgiving morning. The games are on the fields at the YMCA in Milford. There will be a food drive supporting the PPBs and who doesn’t love a local football game!
We truly appreciate that these events have been well attended and all the support!
As always, we will be filling the PPBs every day, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, there will be extra treats!! We have added Stop and Shop on Villa Ave in Fairfield as a wonderful supporter of the pantries!
Everyone at PPB is honored and filled with gratitude for all of the community support and involvement. We truly couldn’t exist without all your support!
Food Drop off locations for November: Shoreline Family Chiropractic, MoJoes Gym. As always Donation Boxes are at Adam’s Hometown Market and AT Sangha Yoga Studio.
November: Join us for the www.MilfordTurkeyTrot.com This event has raised over $28k for charity in just the first two years. Joins us for year 3. Live music from the Rum Runners, free beer from NEBCO, a beautiful 1/2/3 mile run/walk event on Thanksgiving morning. Run Now and Gobble Later.
March: Purple Pantry Boxes Fourth Birthday Party!
May: 2nd Annual Purple Pantry Boxes Golf Tournament. You don't have to know how to golf to support a great cause and have an incredible Monday on a golf course. Learn more and register at www.MilfordCharityGolf.com
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The Purple Pantry Boxes team is comprised of family, friends, and community members.
Our Director and Founder Susan Brown is joined by our Chief Financial Officer Aaron Brown Ortiz, and Chief Marketing Officer Tyler Brown-Ortiz. Our pantry box builder is Chris Grejtak. Larry Woodcock serves as our deployment specialist. The signs on our boxes are designed by Denise Lukienchuk. Tor Blackstad is our Community Engagement Director and Sue's Craziness Manager.
We also have an outstanding group of volunteers. They do an incredible amount of work for us including but not limited to; distributing food, maintaining pantry boxes, scouring store circulars for sales, working and creating food drives, and knitting hats.
Our motto is; take what you need and donate if you can.
We want people to have easy access to staple food items while also engaging members of the community to donate.
Beginning way back in March 2020 with three plastic bins and a dream, we have now grown to 18 permanent pantry boxes in the Milford/Bridgeport/West Haven/East Haven area. Stay tuned!
The Purple Pantry Boxes was awarded "Best Local Cause" by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce in both 2022 and 2023,
Our founder and CEO, Sue Brown was awarded "Volunteer of the the Year" in 2022 by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sue was also Awarded the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for her work with PPB!
The Purple Pantry Boxes are responsible for getting more than 18,000 pieces of food into Connecticut citizens mouths every month via 18 pantries.
Ten (10) of the pantries are run, managed and filled daily by the Milford PPB volunteers. Eight (8) of the pantries are adopted by other organizations following the training and approach of the core Milford team, distributed around Milford, Bridgeport, West Haven, and East Haven.
We are officially a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Upon request we will gladly provide receipts for tax purposes.
We won Best Local Cause which was held by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row!!
In just the last few months, we have been able to grow in the size of our volunteers as well as our community partners. We added Milestone Behavioral Services, their staff and students volunteer once a week at our Pantry space. We have been part of several local food insecurity groups; West Haven, Milford Public Health and All In For Milford. Each group is very important and works together to build relationships in the community.
In April, ShopRite created food bags to support the Purple Pantry Boxes and their wonderful customers bought 276 of these bags, a wonder donation of food for us. Additional food drives: Adam’s Hometown Market each month, CT Orthopedics, Milford Health and Rehabilitation, AT Sangha Yoga Studio, Bend Yoga Studio, Walk Milford Challenge, Pop’s Family Restaurant, Milford Little League, Athlete, several neighborhood food drives and our dear friend Nolan who had a food drive that lasted a month at Calf Pen Meadow Elementary school. We even had a local author conduct a food drive at her book launch and signing.
We had our first annual Golf Tournament on May 8th, a beautiful spring day, where over 80 folks joined us to do good in the world. We had wonderful sponsors: SG Real Estate, ShopRite, Hair of the Dog, MoJoe's Gym, Olympic Steel, New England Brewing Company, Zeiss Construction Group, Warrior Consulting, Acadia Design + Build, Shoreline Family Chiropractic, M&T Bank, McCabe, Wikstrom & Barney, New England Home Mortgage, Wendy Barry at Coldwell Banker, Milford Elks Lodge No. 1589, Dixon Golf, Carolyn Augur Team at Coldwell Banker, Michelle Ragozzine & Associates. We also had so many local businesses donate to our raffle: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Joann Dunsing Hypnosis, Sangini Waxing and Threading Studio, Lavender Nails, Golf Galaxy, Archie Moore’s Bar and Restaurant, SBC restaurant, Stonebridge restaurant, Flipside Burgers, Sprout raw juice, Fratelli’s restaurant, Lao Sze Chaun restaurant, Whispers, Sun Nails, Milford Photo, Fleurescent, Canvas Patch, Micalizzis Italian ice, Spoiled Inc, Re;Mind Wellness Boutique, Wines and More,Cafe Atlantique, Strega Market, 7 Seas Restaurant, Kate Burton Salon Spa, Shoreline Family Chiropractic and Dave and Busters. In total over $2,000 in raffle prizes were donated. All of these generous local businesses helped make the golf tournament a great success. Spoiler Alert our second annual golf tournament will be May 13, 2024!!
The local Rotary clubs; Orange, Milford, Devon and West Haven received a grant and they adopted one of our existing Pantries. They have taken responsibility for shopping and filling this pantry. Additionally the Devon Rotary gave us a wonderful financial donation.
TrinityPoint Wealth has joined PPB as another business sponsor.