Bristol's CERT program set to conduct food drive

The Bristol Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will conduct a food drive beginning Monday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 14. The food drive will consist of a collection site at City Hall and a live drive up/drop off food collection event.

CERT volunteers will be on hand to collect food at the drive up/drop off event Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown at Centre Square directly across the street from City Hall.

People can drop off donations at the collection box at the north entrance of City Hall, from Monday, Feb. 1 until Friday, Feb. 12.

“Bristol CERT is grateful for this opportunity to help our community during difficult times. We are thankful to all those that are able to donate. If everyone helps their neighbor, no one is left behind,” said Michael Vito Montelli, CERT volunteer and food drive organizer.

All donated food will be given to The Agape House and Bristol Housing Authority Resident Assistance, who will distribute the food directly to those in need in the city.

CERT is comprised of volunteer citizens, who are trained in basic life safety and emergency preparedness skills. The program is community based in order to provide rapid and safe care for our residents and to provide support to the city’s emergency personnel in the event of a major incident or large scale disaster.

The Bristol CERT Team has made shelter administration its primary focus as a means of building team and community awareness, trust, and reliability, with a focus on public education to increase community emergency preparedness.

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Written by SUSAN CORICA @coricaBP