Mabelle B. Avery School fights hunger

By Joan Hunt - ReminderNews Managing Editor
Somers - posted Fri., Apr. 15, 2011
Melissa Morton and Sarah Dawson participate in the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School food drive at ShopRite in Enfield. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

There is perhaps no plight so universal as hunger. While the problem is global, students in Somers have made a dent in it on the local level.

During the months of March and April, students at Mabelle B. Avery Middle School in Somers hit a “Triple Play on Hunger,” which included several events to support Enfield Loaves and Fishes and other food pantries and soup kitchens.

According to S.A.V.E. (Service and Volunteer Effort) Club adviser Karyn O’Donnell, the events included a Dairy Drive, held on four consecutive Thursdays, when students and staff brought in milk, half & half, sliced cheese, butter and margarine to donate to the soup kitchen.

During the King Arthur Bread Baking Assembly held at the school in April, Paula Gray, a representative from King Arthur, taught sixth- and seventh-grade students how to bake bread.  Altogether, 215 loaves of bread were shared with the “Champs Place” food pantry at the Somers Congregational Church, Little Sisters of the Poor and Loaves and Fishes, both in Enfield.

On Saturday, April 1, a one-day food drive was held at ShopRite in Enfield, where students collected food, fresh vegetables and fruit, in addition to cash donations, from shoppers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“I am extremely proud of our students and staff at Mabelle B. Avery and how they came together to help fight hunger here in our towns,” said O’Donnell.

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