Newington teachers replenish town's food bank that was left nearly empty following holidays

Published on Friday, 5 March 2021 09:08
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – Teachers in town are committed to serving their students through this pandemic education-wise and also nutritionally.

The Newington Teachers Association (NTA), a union representing 300 of the 302 teachers in Newington Public Schools, recently delivered three carloads of food to the town’s Department of Human Services, along with grocery store gift cards and money.

This replenished the shelves of the Newington Food Bank, which were nearly empty following a busy holiday season.

Local residents are always very generous in the months leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to Human Services Director Carol LaBrecque, but donations tend to fall by the wayside after the holidays as people return to their normal lives.

More than 400 low-income families struggle to put food on their tables year round, however, and their need does not go away after the holidays.

“Newington Teachers’ Association wanted to do something to give back to a town that’s been so good to us,” Membership Engagement Chairwoman Christa Cote told the Herald Thursday.

“So many people are struggling at this time, if we can do something as small as collecting food items to give back it really makes us feel better,” she said.

Teachers created collection points in each of the four elementary schools, the two middle schools and at Newington High School. Then between Feb. 17 and 24, they encouraged staff members to donate whatever they could to help.

“Members of our executive board came and collected the donations and brought them all to Newington Town Hall,” Cote said. “Everyone did a great job.”

Now as they present lessons in the classroom – virtually and in person – Newington teachers can feel good that their students have full bellies ready for learning.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Friday, 5 March 2021 09:08. Updated: Friday, 5 March 2021 09:10.