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.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s