Note from the Editor: This is an article in a series called "Wethersfield Heroes," where our students work to highlight and honor those in our community going above and beyond amidst the tumultuous year. If you know someone that you would like to nominate as a Wethersfield Hero, please contact Mr. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Joe Balut
Doreen Tarascio chose to volunteer at Foodshare at Rentschler Field during the pandemic. Amidst the pandemic, Doreen remained comfortable because all of the necessary equipment was provided like gloves, masks, sanitary wipes, and Foodshare provided instructions on how to provide food to cars safely.
Many of the people who showed up to pick up food were nervous, but others were so thankful that they would do anything to receive assistance.
I asked Ms.Tarascio how her volunteer experience made her feel. “The majority of people I talked to said that helping people during this pandemic was more rewarding than they could have ever imagined.It made me appreciate my own circumstances. The people there were so grateful and appreciative.”
I asked Ms.Tarascio if she will continue to volunteer after Covid. She said, “I volunteered at Foodshare before COVID and was amazed by the generosity of the community prior to COVID, and during as people continued to donate money. When people could no longer donate food to the warehouse, they donated money so that Foodshare could buy food.”
Today was Foodshare´s last day of food distribution at Rentschler Field. The food distribution started a year ago as a one-week emergency distribution and ended up continuing for an entire year. On average, 2,000 cars a day would line up for assistance.
In total, Foodshare distributed more than 7 million meals through Rentschler Field over the past year.The thing that got Foodshare through the heat last summer, and frigid winter we´ve just endured was the stories of the people who came through for the food and donations. It is incredible what they have done through this dark time in our country and the world.
To find a food pantry near you,call 2-1-1(or 1-800-203-1234) or visit www.ct211.org.
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