SOUTHINGTON – The third annual Cheryl A. Jankura Memorial Food Drive will collect money for Bread for Life's summer lunch program and honor the legacies of late Southington "greats" on May 8.
The food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bread for Life, located at 31 Vermont Ave. Those who wish to donate before or after the drive can also drop off items at Bread for Life on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The items collected during the contactless food drive will help supplement the summer meals, according to Bread For Life Executive Director Donna Ayer. People are encouraged to donate water, juice boxes, individually-packaged fruit cups, granola bars, instant macaroni-and-cheese, pudding, fruit snacks and other snacks like cookies and chips.
“Simply having lunch can be a challenge for children who receive free meals at school," Ayer said. "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.”
Ayer added 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 either by check or online.
The Memorial Food Drive is held each year in memory of Cheryl A. Jankura, a visual arts teacher who taught for 36 years, much of which was at Southington High School. She retired in 2005 and died in 2011 after a battle with cancer at age 63.
In addition, the food drive will also honor the memories of late professional photographer Art Rich and late real estate developer Matt Florian, who both died last year. Past "Southington Legacy" honorees have also included Douglas Hageman, Joseph Cippolini, Karen Smith and MaryLou Derynoski.
For more information, or to donate, visit southingtonbreadforlife.org or call Ayer at 860-276.8389.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.