Student Distributes Food Amid COVID-19

Xavier High School Student Helps Distributes Food Amid COVID-19

EAST HARTFORD, CT - Evan McDonald, ’22, if Xavier High School in Middletown, CT, volunteered with his mother on Wednesday, April 29, handing out food at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, participating in a program run my Foodshare. More than 1,300 cars came through in 3 ½ hours.

According to Foodshare, 1 in 9 people in Hartford and Tolland counties are at risk of hunger. Certainly the coronavirus has made the issue worse.

“There were four rows of cars waiting in line when we got there at 7:30,” Evan said. “It didn't open until 8:30. The steady flow of traffic seemed to be never ending for the 3 1/2 hours it was open.”

“It provided an opportunity to observe, learn and have empathy for how COVID-19 is affecting others,” said Evan's mother, Kate. “To talk about it or see something on the news is one thing, but to experience it first-hand is another. Our church has provided us with many different opportunities over the years to volunteer as a family. Hopefully leading by example will show our children how important we believe it is to help others. We are very fortunate and that should not be forgotten."

For Evan it was an education outside of the (virtual) classroom.

“I am more appreciative of the situation that I am in,” he said. “It allowed me to take a step back and see what is happening in our community. I feel fortunate to be able to help others.”

When life goes back to normal, whatever that might mean and whenever that is, the needs will still exist.

“Food insecurity is not something that is just occurring because of the Covid-19,” said Kate. “It is an ongoing issue for many. I hope the focus on this issue will continue even after we are through this crisis.”

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