Families come out for 2022 Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign

Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 18:53
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – Cars could be seen lined up through the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain’s parking lot Wednesday. Inside these cars were families waiting to be provided food and essentials from Price Rite Marketplace, Feed the Children and Goya Foods.

“Welcome to the fourth stop to the 2022 Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign,” said John Wiltrout, HR Director for Price Rite Market Place. “The Feeding Minds & Bodies campaign is a multi-stop tour through the Northeastern states where our stores operate and benefits nearly 22,000 people by providing some of our most vulnerable neighbors with the food, personal care items and school supplies that they so desperately need throughout the spring, summer, and fall months.”

The Boys & Girls Club of New Britain organized the event and identified the 400 families throughout the New Britain area that would receive these essential items.

“Our goal at the Boys & Girls Club is to take care of the whole body and mind of our children,” said James Jones, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain. “Our children are excited; we just ended our summer program with 300 kids and they miss us, we miss them already but we are making sure that they are ready to go back to school with all the essential items they need food, essential products, backpacks, notebooks, markers and pens you name it. We are psyched we are happy to see them back here today in line and we want to thank everyone for coming out today.”

Two trucks as well as the Club’s lot were set up with all the supplies that would be put into each car by volunteers.

“Price Rite Market Place is really pleased and excited today we’re going to help fight hunger by providing families with $200,000 worth of nutritious food they need to thrive,” Wiltrout expressed. “We’re going to help feed 400 families today.”

Each family received a 25-pound box of food; a 15-pound box of essentials including shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal care items; two backpacks full of school supplies and additional shelf-stable items such as children’s books provided by Price Rite Marketplace.

“On behalf of our Superintendent Dr. Tony Gasper we thank Price Rite and the Boys & Girls Club,” said Michael Foran, Assistant Superintendent, Consolidated School District of New Britain. “We know in order to help our students, and ensure that our students reach their potential it takes a village. The food and the school supplies are going to be a tremendous benefit to our community and our students. So we truly appreciate it so God Bless you all and have a great day.”

Gayle Sanders-Connolly the President of New Britain Board of Education felt this was a step in the right direction in making kids feel safe, secure and loved.

“Kindness is a key ingredient to build positivity not just within our children’s learning environment but also within our community,” she added. “Kindness and compassion fosters good behavior and today we’re not only showing our kids that people care about them and want them to start the school year off right. We’re showing our kids what it means to be kind and compassionate.”

Fighting hunger is at the heart of Price Rite Marketplace’s charitable giving and paired with Feed the Children’s vision to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry; they have created the initiative, Feeding Minds & Bodies. There will be a total of eight events throughout 2022 hosted by Price Rite Marketplace and Feed the Children. The run began in May and will run through the fall. With one in six U.S. children living in a food insecure household, hunger remains a serious issue in many communities, especially during summer months. Since the two organizations first began working together in 2015, more than 40,000 families have received the fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries they need to help nourish their families.

Ciara Hooks can be reached at chooks@centralctcommunications.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 18:53. Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2022 18:55.