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CONNELLS MAPLE LEE STEMS HUNGER COLLECTS 120 POUNDS OF NONPERISHABLE FOOD FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES FOOD PANTRY

Pansy Geiger, designer in Bexley, with her store’s Stems Hunger display.
Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive collected 120 pounds of nonperishable items for the Neighborhood Services Inc. Food Pantry in Columbus.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger took place June 16-30. Besides Connells Maple Lee’s three Columbus-area stores, the food drop-off locations included Drayer Physical Therapy Institute’s outpatient centers in Grove City and Hilliard.

Donors received a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contributed.

In its seven-year history, the food drive has collected more than 1,100 pounds for area food banks.

OUR STORES ARE ACCEPTING NONPERISHABLE FOOD DONATIONS THROUGH JUNE 30

Amid the flowers, plants and gifts in our stores, this time of year you’ll also find a selection of food.

That’s because we’re in the midst of our annual Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive to benefit the Neighborhood Services Inc. food pantry in Columbus.

From June 16-30, we’re collecting nonperishable food in each of our stores. For each item you donate, we’ll give you a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Please consider donating at our stores in Bexley, Grove City or Powell.

STEMS HUNGER, OUR ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE, RETURNS JUNE 16-30

Our annual food drive – Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger – returns June 16-30.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will benefit the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates the Choice Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus.

For the food drive, donors will receive a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contribute (limit six per visit).

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Meanwhile, the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is helping to kick off the food drive June 16 with an event in each store. Participants are asked to bring a food item as the price of admission.

HELP KICK OFF OUR FOOD DRIVE AT JUNE 16 CONNELLS MAPLE LEE KIDS CLUB EVENT

Our annual food drive — Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger — returns June 16-30.

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will kick it off with an event June 16 in our three Columbus-area stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to bring a nonperishable food item as the price of admission.

They will have an opportunity to decorate their own pot and plant marigold seeds in it and to enter the kids club birthday card design contest (the winner receives a flower delivery on his or her birthday). Each participant also will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger collects 175 pounds for Choice Food Pantry in Columbus

Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive collected 175 pounds of nonperishable items from June 17-July 1.

This year’s Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger event benefited the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates the Choice Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus.

Besides our three Columbus-area stores, the food drop-off locations included Drayer Physical Therapy Institute’s outpatient center in Grove City.

Donors received a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contributed.

In its six-year history, the food drive has collected more than 1,000 pounds for area food banks.

Photo above, from left, Billy Ables, wholesale driver, Connells Maple Lee, delivers food to Martin Butler, executive director, Neighborhood Services Inc.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event June 17 to kick off annual food drive

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts will hold its annual food drive – Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger – June 17-July 1.

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will kick off the food drive with a June 17 event in all stores. Children ages 5 to 12 are asked to donate a nonperishable food item as the price of admission, and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants will receive a balloon and will have an opportunity to enter the kids club birthday card design contest.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive returns June 17-July 1

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Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive returns June 17-July 1.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will benefit the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates the Choice Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus.

In 2016, Neighborhood Services (neighborhoodservicesinc.org) welcomed 9,867 total family visits for food assistance.

For the food drive, donors will receive a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contribute (limit six per visit).

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; or 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell. For Neighborhood Services’ food wish list, click here.

Another drop-off location is the Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient center at 4090 Gantz Road, Grove City.

2017 Stems Hunger food drive wish list

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The 2017 edition of our annual food drive, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger, benefits Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates Choice Food Pantry in Columbus (above).

Nonperishable items can be dropped off June 17-July at our stores in Bexley, Grove City and Powell. For every item, the donor will receive a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Neighborhood Services has compiled this wish list of items:

Canned meats: Think beyond tuna and soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, ham, chicken and canned salmon.

Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans and corn. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.

Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Any dried fruit.

Boxed meals that require only water. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.

Low-sugar cereal such as plain Cheerios.

Peanut butter

Instant oatmeal, instant grits. Require only water.

Beans. Canned or dried. Red kidney, black, northern and chickpeas are popular.

Pasta of any shape, pasta sauce.

Biscuit/baking mixes that require water only.

Evaporated/powdered milk in cans, cartons or boxes.

Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes.

Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, feminine hygiene products (unscented pads will be most universally used), warm soaps, lip balm, gloves, stocking caps

Spices such as cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, paprika.

Chocolate: It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event June 18 to kick off annual ‘Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger’ food drive

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger – will take place June 18-July 2 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Kid's Club June 2016

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 18 for children ages 5 to 12.

They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants also will have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 18-July 2

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Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 18-July 2, now twice as long as it used to be.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours.

Our stores are at 2408 E. Main St. (Route 40), Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Meanwhile, to make a monetary contribution online, visit midohiofoodbank.org/ConnellsMapleLee.