Fourth annual Cheryl A. Jankura Memorial Food Drive will support summer lunch program

Published on Friday, 1 July 2022 13:00


SOUTHINGTON – The fourth annual Cheryl A. Jankura Memorial Food Drive will continue to support Bread for Life's summer lunch program July 9.

The food drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9 at Bread for Life at 31 Vermont Ave. The drive honors the late Cheryl A. Jankura, who was a visual arts teacher that taught for 36 years in the Southington school system. She retired in 2005 and died six years later at 63 years old.

Donna Ayer, executive director at Southington Bread for Life, said that items collected will supplement the summer meals provided by Bread for Life.

“Simply having lunch can be a challenge for children who receive free meals at school," said Ayer. "When summer comes and school is out, there is a food gap and Bread for Life steps in to fill it. Last summer we prepared and served thousands of lunches for Southington children in need. Through the lunch program we were able to help many families that may be challenged by feeding their children during the summer.”

Requested items include water, juice boxes, individually-packaged fruit cups, granola bars, instant macaroni-and-cheese, pudding, fruit snacks and other snacks like cookies and chips.

Ayer said that donations of grocery store gift cards, to help cover the costs of perishable food items, are also welcomed. Bread for Life will also be accepting monetary donations, which can be made by check or online at

The Cheryl A. Jankura Memorial Food Drive will also honor two of Jankura's former colleagues this year - both of whom died last November. World Language teacher Angela Orsene and Social Studies teacher and soccer coach Daniel Murawski will be recognized as the "2022 Southington Legacy honorees."

Orsene, early in her career, taught for a brief time at Southington High and returned in 1963 to teach French. She retired as department chair in 1992. At the time of her death, she had been married for 67 years to former high school coach Joseph Orsene.

Murawski began his career in the SHS Social Studies department in 1969, the same year he was appointed the head coach of the then-new boys’ soccer team. He resigned in 1998 as one of the longest-serving coaches in school history and retired from teaching in 2007, several years after he had been elevated to department chair.

Those wishing to donate before or after the drive can drop off items at Bread for Life weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit or call Ayer at 860-276-8389.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 1 July 2022 13:00. Updated: Friday, 1 July 2022 13:03.