June 28, 2020 03:04PM

By Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal staff

The United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s Week of Action will have a different look this year. Instead of one week, there will be a 10-day Virtual Food Drive.

The event, which began June 23 and will end July 7, will benefit three food pantries — Master’s Manna in Wallingford, New Opportunities of Greater Meriden and the Salvation Army in Meriden.

“In past years, we have done more hands-on events,” United Way Executive Director Maria Campos Harlow said. “Needless to say, it’s not possible this year. But, fortunately, we have two new energetic and very technology-savvy employees, Jennifer Sanguano and Julia Pelletier, that were able to put this together in record time.”

To donate, visit unitedwaymw.org. Click on ‘Our Events’ and then Click on ‘23 Jun.’ From there, follow the prompts to pick one of the three beneficiaries to donate food.

“This idea developed from our most recent board meeting,” United Way Associate Director Diana Reilly said. “The pandemic has forced us to improvise, and this concept of a virtual food drive met with instant approval.”

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