March was Purple Pantry Boxes third Birthday and you better believe we celebrated in style!
We began the month by adding another Pantry Box in Milford, (100 Viscount Drive). Milford Housing Authority made the request and we were happy to say yes. Community members quickly put it to use and are happy to have the support.
CappuGino’s Coffee and Shakes held a food drive for us to kick off the month. CappuGino’s has been a wonderful supporter of PPB, over the years!
The Orange Rotary Club in combination with the Devon, Milford and West Haven Rotary adopted one of our pantry boxes 5 days a week. It is a wonderful partnership between us and the Rotary Clubs.
To honor our third birthday we held a party in addition to our monthly food drive at Adams Hometown Market. There were purple cupcakes, treats, and balloons! The Adams Hometown Market team has been incredibly supportive to us!
The 5th grade class at Live Oaks Elementary school held a food drive for us and welcomed our founder Susan Brown as a guest speaker to tell the students about PPB!
A local teenager conducted a neighborhood food drive to support PPB. He was able to accomplish his community service requirement for school as well as support his community!
Athleta had a birthday celebration with us as well, customers who donated food or money to the PPB received a discount off their in store purchase.
Milford Little League had 4 days of food drive for us during heir roster building evaluation days. Over 700 pieces of food were donated!
ShopRite in Milford created Easter bags for people to purchase, to support our pantries.
The Elks had 2 fundraisers for us and surprised us with a wonderful donation. The Elks have been very supportive of the pantries every year!
We had our birthday Raffle and Fundraiser event sponsored by Wendy Barry. This was her second event held in support of the Purple Pantry Boxes. New England Brewing Company generously donated the room for the event, it was well attended by over 100 people!
Local businesses and restaurants donated the items for the raffle and silent auction and we would like to use this space to thank them!
Shoreline Family Chiropractic, Walk about Yoga, AT Sangha Yoga, Scents of Empowerment, Mojoes Gym, Brewport, Hair of the Dog, Sangini Waxing and Threading Studio, Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, Blades Hair and Nail Studio, Milford Arts Council, New England Brewing Co, Strega Market, Cafe Atlantique, Hair House, Dockside Brewery, Papa’s Pizza, Bridgeport Flyer Dinner, Bridge House Restaurant, JH Hair Design, Scratch Baking, Don Rene Taqueria, Pop’s Family Restaurant, CappuGino’s Coffee and Shakes, Twist of Fate Tarot, The Walnut Beach Coffee House, Kathy’s Famous Cookies, Re: Mind Wellness Boutique, Attorney Erica Wikstrom, Chelsea Carpenter, Connecticut Beardsley Zoo, Ambrosia Bakery, Wines and More, Bohemian High, and Executive Cleaners,
Thank you all for supporting our fundraising raffle and contributing awesome gifts
April: We will begin the month by speaking at the Presbyterian Church on Seaside Ave in Milford. They host one of our PPBs and it was great to meet more of the congregation.
We will also be speaking to a local Girl Scout Troop!
Milford Little League opening day is April 22 and we will be there hosting a food drive. Come say hi!
April brings the deployment of our newest pantry box. It is also our first PPB in East Haven.
Adams is doing a Round Up Week for the Purple Pantry Boxes April 16th-22. Please say yes to rounding up your bill when checking out.
We are the recipients of the Big Y community Bag program for the month of April! If you buy a reusable community bag, we will receive $1.00 for each bag purchases.
May: Our first annual Golf Tournament is May 8th! We are busy getting hole sponsorships and people are excitedly registering for the tournament. We will also have raffle and silent auction items. Its going to be a great day!
Stop and Shop is making us the recipient of their Bloomin’ 4 Good program this month. We will receive $1.00 for every Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet that is sold at the Stop and Shop on East Town Road in Milford!
Pop’s Family Restaurant is hosting a fundraiser for us May 4th!! 20% of all delivery, take out or in restaurant dining will be donated to the Purple Pantry Boxes (but not Uber Eats). You must mention Purple Pantry Boxes in the order or to your wait staff, for us to get the donation!
We have a Food Drive at Adams Hometown Market on May 21 as well as one in partnership with Walks with Buddy at Fowler Field on May 7th!
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.
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 one single box and a dream, we have now grown in a little over one year to eleven boxes in the Milford/Bridgeport/West Haven area. Stay tuned!
We are officially a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Upon request we will gladly provide receipts for tax purposes.
We started off 2022 with a Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Award nomination for Milford's Best Non Profit!
We also began the new year with a ribbon cutting ceremony for our first West Haven box!
Our Founder Susan Brown was Awarded the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for her work with PPB!
Another box was deployed in West haven on 5/9/22!
We are now distributing 10,000 pieces of food a month!