Howie Bursen and Sally RogersThe Vanilla Bean Café located at 450 Deerfield Road in Pomfret, recently hosted the 31st Annual Special Benefit Concert for the Food Pantries of Access coordinated by Howie Bursen, the “Red Hot Banjo Wizard” and Sally Rogers, “Nightingale with a Voice Clear as the Queen’s Diamonds”. They were joined on stage by John Bailey, Bennett, and Lorraine Hammond, and after an amazing show raised $4,000!  Thank You to Howie, Sally, John, Bennett, Lorraine, and Barry, and to all those that attended!

Access serves 28 towns in Windham and Tolland counties and operates two food pantries, one in Willimantic and one in Danielson, and has a mobile food van that makes monthly deliveries to low-income communities that have limited access to affordable healthy food. Last year the Access mobile food pantry increased its deliveries to those in need by 50% by adding 8 new locations including 4 new Senior Housing sites.