Conshystuff Food Drive Wrap Up
by Brian Coll
Conshystuff.com Food Drive – 2019
As I sit here writing this, I am truly humbled by the outpouring of love with our community. The Conshystuff Food Drive kicked off in mid October this year and we are just wrapping it up. We had so many people tell us that they were sorry that they couldn’t do more this year or that they could only drop off one bag of groceries. If you dropped off one bag, one cart or one truckload of groceries we truly thank you.
My sister, Jackie and I started this in 2013 and we couldn’t do it without all of YOU. We never thought our family frame shop would be the main hub for this…. However with the limited drop off hours at the CNC, our home base has become the main drop off point for many people and of course all of the AMAZON packages to fill the shelves that arrive on a daily basis. I am so thankful that my dad, Jack is there to help load and unload boxes everyday.
Thank you to the Businesses who were drop off points this year:
Coldwell Banker, Conshohocken Italian Bakery, DeStolfo’s Premier Martial Arts, ‘feine, The Hussey Team – Mortgage Advisors, Sal’s Barber Shop, The Hair Designer, Yoga Home.
In addition to these businesses being drop off points, we were also lucky enough to get food donations and cash donations to shop for food from the following companies or groups (and sorry if we miss you for some reason, we are combining notes from various sources) At least 3 different Boy Scouts troops dropped off food, The Conshohocken VFW- Post 1074, Prime Intensity Training “PIT”, The Great American Pub, The Boathouse, Antioch Church, Shear Happening, Hamilton’s, Dustin and Kristin, Array, Burn Boot Camp (Blue Bell) a local synagogue, Saint Matthew’s Early Education Center, Colonial Middle School, Brown & Brown, Bryn Mawr Trust, Earl Family, Whitemarsh Elementary School, Colonial Elementary School, The Braun Family, The Donovan Family, The Trego Family, Conshy Girls Restaurant Group, Pieri Restaurant Group, Mike Spampinato, Tone Zone, Jacob’s Engineers, Crossfit Thermal, Crossfit Ironborough, US Army, Campus ION, Whitemarsh Police, Plymouth Police, Conshohocken Police, Harmonville Fire Company, Washies Fire Company, IKEA and The Judge Group.
Two little girls – Nora and Alanna held a lemonade and bake sale at the Conshohocken Beer Garden so they could go to ALDI shopping for the CNC and The BOBCAST hosted an event at Whole Foods that collected food.
A couple of big events took place this year…
The Kickoff Party hosted by our friend JP Hussey. JP has been doing a party to go along with the food drive since our first year. This year, the kickoff party brought in over 3,000 pounds of food. It was a fun night! Bryn Mawr Trust came out with an ice cream truck, Facepainting by Lysa made the kids happy as did an appearance from the Philadelphia Avengers! JP and his family come out in force with food for the party and food for the pantry. This has been an amazing tradition! We love seeing The Hussey Team and realtors come together for a good cause. We want to take a moment to mention one realtor in particular here, Paul Mazzochetti…. Paul is a master at shopping. Paul is a bargain hunter with a stack of coupons and he can turn your $20.00 into four boxes of cereal, 2 jars of peanut butter and round it out with 6 cans of soup and his skills with a shopping cart are legendary at this point.
Fill a Bus. The incredible Michelle Sague Abiuso has been kind enough to camp out for a weekend at Saint Philip Neri to collect food and literally FILL AN ENTIRE SCHOOL BUS! The students, staff and parishioners all deserve a giant thank you. Unloading that bus every year is amazing. The crew from St. Claire CPA’s comes out to help unload as well as some community members like Clint the Colonial (thanks Clint for always supporting the food drive).
We really can’t thank everyone enough, if you brought one can, a case of diapers or a truck load of canned goods…. Thank You.
30,679 pounds of food and personal care items were brought in to this years Conshystuff Food Drive. THANK YOU!
Once the food goes into the Colonial Neighborhood Council, Sandi Fryer (a living saint on earth) has to put the food away with her dedicated team (Brent and Marilyn) as well as other volunteers. Sandi is on hand to make sure all the food that comes into the CNC, goes to the people who need it most in our community. At this point the CNC feeds hundreds of local families in our community.