Welander Helps “Fill the Bucket” For Hunger

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Welander Helps “Fill the Bucket” For Hunger
May 152020

When the call went out that the Orange Food Bank was in need, Mary Welander, State Representative candidate for Orange, Woodbridge, and Derby jumped into action. Welander organized a town-wide food pick up to support the “Fill the Bucket” food drive at F&W Equipment in Orange. The idea was to fill the bucket of a front-end loader.

Recognizing the increasing needs of Orange families and the challenges facing the Food Bank in keeping their shelves filled, Welander put out the call for “no-contact” food donation pick-ups from residents across town. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 8-11, Welander crisscrossed Orange picking up donations left for her on doorsteps as well as gathering those dropped off at her home.

 In an incredible show of generosity, enough food, household supplies, and personal hygiene products were collected to need two separate drop-off trips.

 “As a one-income household living in Orange, I understand the challenges our families face under normal circumstances.  Take those challenges and pile on the fact that so many families have lost income during this pandemic; it’s easy to understand that more people may need a little help right now,” said Welander, who herself was furloughed from a part-time job when Covid19 hit.

She added, “I’m grateful that I can help the Orange Food Bank in this way so that more families in town are supported through these tough times.”

Realizing that many are facing challenges in reaching out during this time, Welander encourages anyone needing assistance to contact the Community Services Dept. at High Plains  Community Center at 203-891-4788 or to feel free to contact Mary directly, at 203-881-6207, or welanderforct@gmail.com.


Help The Orange Food Bank On Monday, May 11

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Help The Orange Food Bank On Monday, May 11
May 042020

We’ve been hearing about how Food Banks are running low on items to give to those in need during this Pandemic. Well, Orange is no different.

Here’s a message from Dennis Marsh at the Orange Community Services Department:          

Join F & W Equipment Corp. and Orange Community Services as we fill the loader with non-perishable food to benefit the Orange Food Bank.

In these trying times, we are helping more people than ever. Let’s make sure there is enough food so no-one goes hungry.

On Monday, May 11, F & W Equipment Corp. will bring out the big loader and leave it out in the front of its property until it’s full.

So, let’s fill that bucket! Stop by F & W Equipment Corp. at 164 Boston Post Road, Orange.

The Orange Food Bank is a program of Orange Community Services, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, (203) 891-4788


Here is a list of items that the Food Bank most often needs to stock its shelves.

Needs by category.

Boxed Pasta
Mac & Cheese

Chick Peas

Green Beans

Chicken Noodle
Cream Of (any)
Soup Broth

Breakfast Food
Peanut Butter/Jam, Jelly

Chef Boy R Dee
Cranberry Sauce

Dish Detergent
Laundry Detergent

Paper Goods
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels

Pet Food
Cat Food Dry or Wet
Dog Food Dry or Wet

Boxed Potatoes
Bagged Rice
Boxed Rice



Pudding mix
Cake mix
Pie Filling

Other Things To Consider
Shaving Cream
Disposable Razors
Women’s Sanitary Needs

Grocery Store Gift Cards

Girl Scouts Realize The Joy Of Giving

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Girl Scouts Realize The Joy Of Giving
Nov 142018

The Girl Scouts from Orange Troop 60274 recently had a food collection drive.

Their efforts were successful and the generous donation was delivered to the Orange Food Bank just in time for the Holiday Season.

It’s community service projects like this that teach the girls valuable lessons on kindness, and the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

This is a wonderful thing you’ve done girls, and we commend your troop leaders for their dedication and guidance.

Get Your Ticket For This Fundraiser To Benefit The Orange Food Bank

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Get Your Ticket For This Fundraiser To Benefit The Orange Food Bank
Dec 052017

You could win this for just $2 ticket.

Orange Live will be raffling off a lighted 16″ “Gingerbread Lighthouse” on a 16 X 20″ base for $2 per ticket. All proceeds will go to the Orange Food Bank.

The Lighthouse, which was made during a 26-hour period from an original design, received rave reviews at the Orange Holiday Festival and would attract attention wherever it goes on display.

It can be shellacked and preserved for the future.

We are happy to be able to offer this piece to the Orange Community and hope you will help us raise a sizeable contribution to the Orange Community Services Food Bank.

The Lighthouse will be on display at Maplewood of Orange during its Festival of Lights tonight from 4-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday evening at Material Girls Boutique for its Holiday Girl’s Night Out from 5-8:30 p.m.

The drawing will take place on December 12.

If any other local businesses would like to display the Lighthouse to assist in ticket sales, please call Terri at 203-506-1747.

NOTE: Although constructed completely of edible items, we suggest that the Lighthouse be used for display purposes only. The recipe used is for a Structural Gingerbread, which makes it very strong – like plywood – and tasteless. The Royal Frosting is probably stronger than Gorilla Glue and contains raw egg whites.


Daisy Troop Makes A Greatly Appreciated Donation

 Around Town, Charity Events, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on Daisy Troop Makes A Greatly Appreciated Donation
Nov 102017

Amity Daisy Troop 60274 brought donations to the Orange Food Bank at High Plains Community Center this week.

It’s wonderful that such young children already have learned about charitable giving. They are well on their way to a great way of life.

Thank you, girls, for your kindness and generosity. I know it is greatly appreciated.

Thank You For Your Generosity!

 Charity Events, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Thank You For Your Generosity!
May 122014

One small corner of the former probate office after the food was delivered.

One small corner of the former probate office after the food was delivered.

Last weekend the US Postal Service held its annual spring food drive, and Orange residents responded in a big way.

Residents received a postcard in the mail at the beginning of the week asking that they leave a bag of non-perishable food items that would go to the local food bank, near their mailbox on Saturday and the response was tremendous.

The locally collected food was transported directly to the High Plains Community Center and placed in the former probate office until it can be sorted and stored in the Community Services Food Closet.

Community Services Director Joan Cretella said, “A big thank you goes out to the postal workers and everyone that so generously donated to the food bank.”

The amount of food they received will definitely help those in need in the town of Orange.

Even though the food closet will be well stocked after the postal drive, it’s important to remember that Community Services graciously accepts donations throughout the year, not just during this drive or at the holidays.

“Thank You so much,” Cretella said.

IMG_2631 IMG_2635 IMG_2638 IMG_2639 IMG_2642 IMG_2644 IMG_2646