Residents walk to raise awareness about food insecurity in community

Residents who took part in the first ever Walk to Fight Poverty and Hunger organized by The Brotherhood of Diversity on Saturday, June 5.
Residents who took part in the first ever Walk to Fight Poverty and Hunger organized by The Brotherhood of Diversity on Saturday, June 5.

TORRINGTON — The Brotherhood of Diversity held its first-ever Walk to Fight Poverty and Hunger on Saturday, June 5.

The walk, which started at City Hall and ended at Workman Memorial AME Zion Church, was mean to raise awareness of poverty in the city, along with many organizations in the city that assist residents who are dealing with food insecurity.

It was also a food drive for the local organizations, with residents participating in the event donating the event.

More than 50 residents took part in the event, which was co-organized by Wilbert “Wibo” Boles, the president of the Brotherhood of Diversity.

“The situation in Torrington where it comes to food insecurity could be better,” Boles said. “But there are a lot of volunteers out there that are helping others in need. We have a lot of food banks out here helping people out like FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut), Friendly Hands Food Bank, The Gathering Place, The Community Soup Kitchen, and Kevin’s Place.”

“As we went through the Covid pandemic, people didn’t realize how many families out there went without food,” Rev. Kevin Johnson of the Workman Memorial AME Zion Church said. “The pandemic created such a storm from out of nowhere. It hurt so many people and put them in a place that they thought they would never be. Now we are coming back around from the pandemic, we need to keep these efforts going to make sure that those families can be provided for. This is important for us because it keeps the awareness out there of the needs of residents who are dealing with poverty and hunger. We still all need to come together to meet the needs of those who are less fortunate.”

“The saying ‘leave no neighbor behind is a great idea,” Brotherhood of Diversity member Chris Zarzycki said. “We tend to focus on our own needs. We don’t realize that our neighbor who is right next to us might have lost their job. Their house looks the same, and their car looks the same, but they might be hurting because something might have happened in their life. They may be hurting and don’t have the money for the necessities in life.”

Local organizations helping residents with poverty and hunger:

FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut – 860-482-7300 – fishnwct.org

Friendly Hands Food Bank – 860-482-3338 – FHFB.org

The Gathering Place – 860-618-3455

Community Soup Kitchen – 860-482-0130

Kevin’s Place – 860-307-2969

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