Children filled the St. Dominic School lunch room recently not only to eat their noonday meal but to meet Eldon Hafford, Southington Bread for Life executive director. Hafford visited the school to thank the students for all they do for the non-profit organization that provides food, fellowship and a sense of dignity to those in need.

Throughout the year, students, staff and parents are generous to the program, he said, conducting food drives, providing treat bags for the holidays and donating spare change from dress down days. During a Santa’s Breakfast held at the school, children decorated dozens of placemats that were used at Bread for Life’s soup kitchen, located in the Masonic Hall. The cheerful placemats will be saved and used on future holidays, Hafford said.

“You have made many people happy by giving food, cookies and placemats,” he told the youngsters. He said Bread for Life addresses needs by serving weekday noon meals, delivering hot and cold meals to the homebound and senior housing, and offering summer food programs for children. Last year, Bread for Life served 35,000 meals to Southington residents including the homeless.

St. Dominic School, located at 1050 Flanders Road in Southington, also extends its generosity to other Southington programs, including “adopting” 16 residents at Christmas and donating clothing, toiletries and toys, according to Patricia Tiezzi, school principal.

“It’s amazing how generous our kids, parents and staff are,” she said. Teachers and other staff members take the opportunity to make community service a learning experience that will hopefully become a lifelong lesson, according to Tiezzi. For example, Darylanne Archambault, food service manager, has spearheaded some of the projects including making the placemats and baking cookies with the student council.

“We are so grateful for all that the moms and dads and you are doing to make a difference by supporting Bread for Life so that we can make sure that no one will go hungry here in Southington,” Hafford said. “Thank you for what you make Bread for Life today.”

For more information, visit the website, visit iton Facebook or call the office, (860) 276-8389. Bread for Life is a 501c3 nonprofit United Way Agency.

Photo courtesy of Bread for Life
Showing some of the placemats made by St. Dominic School students for Bread for Life are, front row, from left, Evelyn Lewis, Matthew Weiner, Rhys Ligon, Ava Grace Linskey and Ariana Johnson; back row, from left, Principal Patricia Tiezzi, Bread for Life Executive Director Eldon Hafford and Food Service Manager Darylanne Archambault.

Robin Lee Michel
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