Hamden students stock shelves at local pantry


Hamden, Conn. (WTNH) — Fifth-graders are getting a big lesson in life and learning how to give back by collecting for the food Keefe Community Center pantry in Hamden.

“It feels pretty good to know that you are helping someone who doesn’t have all these good things that we do,” said Ava Bauknecht.

Bear Path Elementary students took part in Stop & Shop’s Peapod Kids Give Back Program. It teaches kids at a young age the importance of helping out the community. Kids unloaded bags of food from the delivery truck and stocked up the shelves at the pantry.

“We set up food groups,” said Lily Torello. “My class got grains and the other classes got fruits and vegetables and then we split that up and then we bought the food and it was delivered here.”

The students received $250 in certificates from Peapod.com to spend on food. Using technology, the children went online and picked out healthy food choices for the pantry.

“They decided what would be the best to sit on the shelf, how many, would it be better to get cans versus frozen food, and different quantities,” said teacher Lisa Kingston.

Through the ‘Kids Give Back’ program the kids learn way to help the community and maintain a healthy lifestyle at the same time.

“The need of food is growing because other costs are rising, so many families have to choose between heating their homes or their medical bills or food,” said Darlene Bulter, Community Services Director at Keefe Community Center. “If we can leverage that off with good food donations then families are able to sustain themselves.”

“It feels great because you never really notice when you sit down for dinner because you always see the food on your table and you think, wow everybody has this, but then you come here and notice everybody does not have this,” said Michael Ferneini.

The donation will feed about two dozen people.

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