REPRINTED from Guilford Public Schools, e-compass newsletter: http://www.guilford.k12.ct.us/GPS_January_2013.html
Three moms from Baldwin got together this school year to try to reduce the amount of waste produced at their school and to put it to good use. After learning that unopened containers of milk, food and unused fresh fruit were ending up in the garbage after each lunch, Pam Neleber, mom and Baldwin Middle School Nurse, Linda Westgard and Susan Ireland. met with GPS Food Services Director Tim Cipriano to create a pilot food donation program at the school. Pictured above are Susan Ireland, Sheri Kellaher, Tim Cipriano, Leith Annicelli (Baldwin Cafeteria Manager), Pam Neleber, Linda Westgard and Tammy DeFrancesco (Guilford Social Services Director).
With the enthusiastic support of Principal Anne Snurkowski, students are instructed that they have the option of donating their unopened/unused food and beverage containers to the Guilford Food Bank. It is stressed to students to try to finish their meals, and that only if they cannot, should they consider donating uneaten items.
The results have been overwhelming. Each Friday, PTO parent volunteers pick up and deliver dozens of milk cartons, fresh fruit and food items to the Guilford Food Bank. The kids see how small acts of kindness can make a real difference and parents have already filled the sign-up sheet for Friday deliveries for the rest of the school year!