For most of us, two things are basic: Our personal safety and getting enough to eat.
Despite law enforcement’s best efforts, terrible things like Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas happen, and let’s not forget the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Fortunately, most of us have not suffered directly from these events; still, we are touched by the suffering of our fellow human beings and, in some case, family members.
Food insecurity is a bigger issue personally for many here in central Connecticut, which is why we applaud the news, in Wednesday’s New Britain Herald, that the food pantry of the Human Resources Agency of New Britain will stay open for another year, thanks to generous donors. The Herald reported that HRA recently received funding from the American Savings Foundation, United Way of Central and Northwestern Connecticut, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and “a slew” of private donors - maybe even you! This money goes to operating the pantry, which gets most of its food from Foodshare, but has to pay for staff, utilities, maintenance and other basic operating needs.
We’d guess that, this year, that need will be greater than ever because New Britain is expecting an influx of victims from the recent hurricanes. On Tuesday, we told you that the school district has already enrolled nine newcomers, six from Puerto Rico, two from the U.S. Virgin Islands and one from Florida.
Many, of course, will rely on family but it’s good to know that they will have a place to turn, as they struggle to get on their feet in a new home. Again, thanks to so many of you.