Westport Fire Department headquarters will be one of the food collection points Saturday for a statewide "Day of Caring & Compassion" declared by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Non-perishable food will be collected at headquarters, 515 Post Road East, from 9 a.m. to noon. The donations will be used to help replenish the state's two main food pantries.

"Mark it on the calendar. July 31 will be the day we can all help fill the shelves of Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank," Rell said in a statement. "Fire departments around the state made our 2009 campaign such a success that we are delighted to have them again this year as partners."

"The economy is still very volatile and the need remains great for so many families who continue to struggle to make ends meet. With schools out for the summer, many children who were served by school lunch and breakfast programs do not now have that option," Rell said.

Foodshare and the Connecticut Food Bank will pick up the donated food later in the day, and it then will be distributed to local food pantries and people in need all across the state.