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Connells Maple Lee Flowers’ annual food drive returns June 27-July 4

Summer already was a time of acute food shortages, especially for children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.

This year, the pandemic is compounding the problem, with millions of Americans seeking help from food banks for the first time.

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts is continuing to do its part to combat hunger with the return of its Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive, June 27-July 4.

It will benefit the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus. Here is the food pantry’s wish list.

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 any one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

 

‘Stems Hunger’ food drive collects 157 pounds for Columbus food pantry

Thanks to your generosity, our annual Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive collected 157 pounds of nonperishable items for the Neighborhood Services Inc. Food Pantry in Columbus.

Donors received a free carnation for each food item they contributed, up to six per visit.

This year’s event took place June 22-July 6.

In its eight-year history, the food drive has collected nearly 1,400 pounds of food for area food banks.

Connells Maple Lee’s annual ‘Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 22-July 6

Neighborhood Services Food Pantry in Columbus

Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 22-July 6.

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

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 any one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Forty million people face hunger in the United States – more than the entire population of Canada, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The need is acute during the summer months for more than 18 million children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.

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.