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The Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad seeks to fill some bare shelves

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The Channel 3 and Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad does its fair share of paying for groceries.

This week, it headed back to the grocery store with a list from Southington Community Services’ food pantry.

The organization posted on its website that it was in need of several specific items.

Armed with that grocery list and reusable Channel 3 bags, the squad first headed to Big Y in Rocky Hill.

Carts were filled with pasta, pasta sauce, various canned goods, peanut butter, jelly and kids snacks.

Then, it was drop off time.

“It's going to make a big difference,” said Janet Melon, director of Southington Community Services. “I can't believe you are here. This is so wonderful!”

Melon showed the squad the vacant shelves the donations will be filling.

“They're going to go right on the shelves,” she said. “And they're going to go in and out on the same day.”

The organization said it pushes out anywhere between 300 and 400 bags of food per day.

“We're 24-7,” Melon said. “So whether it's a fire, or an emergency, we come in and we make sure that anyone in Southington that hasn't eaten will be taken care of.”

“It's kind of miraculous!” said Jim McCorkle of Southington. “Some weeks, they're dealing with shelves that are partially stocked or they don't have any produce or they don't have any bread; but, one way or another they figure out a way to put together a box of food that will get you through the week to that next appointment.”

McCorkle said he relies on Southington Community Services.

“Some of it may be on my shelf tonight when I get home,” he said. “That would be wonderful. And thank you very much for your help.”

“You never stop taking care of the needy,” Melon said. “Thank you.”

To see more Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad stories or to nominate a potential recipient, click here.

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