Letter: ‘Explore New Canaan’ Brings in $3,500 in Food Donations for Local Pantry

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L-R: Tucker Murphy, Doug Stewart, Jeanne Howell from Berkshire Hathaway and Victor Demera. Contributed

On Thursday August 22nd the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce hosted ‘Explore New Canaan’ in a bid to attract people downtown and despite some initial rain it was extremely successful, raising $3,500 worth of food donations for the local Food Pantry. 

Even Santa Claus had a hand in the helping the local food pantry as he collected over $400 in cash donations at the sidewalk sales this past July.

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of Walter Stewart’s Market. Stewart’s orders and delivers items for the food pantry that they have specifically asked for. The power or partnerships at work in NC!

Local, New Canaan moms Rachel Lampen and Kristen Mitrakis, who run Rock Paper Scissors Events were tasked with changing up the Taste of the Town premise, while keeping it fun with the emphasis being the local Food Pantry. They set to work creating a number of Tasting Trails with restaurants and retailers, which the community and participants really got behind.

Numbers were on track and because it’s was more relaxed, people chose to do multiple tours. It was terrific to see lots of younger ladies, couples on date night and younger families enjoying the event. Feedback from the retailers was very positive and thanks to our title sponsor Berkshire Hathaway, who hosted a huge block party with live music and food – the streets were teaming with people. We plan on making a few tweaks to next year but are excited what 2020 will bring.

In conjunction with the Explore New Canaan taste tours event, the Chamber of Commerce has introduced a website which was developed to help visitors, as well as residents discover all the shops, restaurants, services, and attractions New Canaan has to offer.

Should you have any additional questions feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce office 203-966-2004 or office@newcanaanchamber.com. 

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