A Southington mother and son have committed this summer to delivering snacks to children in need. Each weekday, Stacie and Erik Swanson bring individual lunch bags packed with nutritional snacks including bottled water, fruit and packaged crackers or cookies to youngsters, as many as 25 each day.

“It makes you feel good to help others. The kids start waving and running after us as soon as they see the ‘snack truck,’” said Stacie Swanson, who is a special needs paraprofessional at John F. Kennedy Middle School. “Doing this is rewarding.”

In preparation for the deliveries, several times each week the mother-son team packs the snack bags using food items purchased by Bread for Life for this program.

Erik Swanson, a seventh-grader at St. Thomas School, said it has been good to help out other children this summer. “Everyone gets hungry,” he said.

In June, Erik was among a group of St. Thomas School students who visited Washington, D.C. to receive the Connecticut Junior School youth award from the National Energy Education Development Project.

Bread for Life introduced the summer snack program on July 7 and it will continue throughout the summer.

“Bread for Life would like to thank Stacie and Erik for their commitment to our summer snack program. Such dedication ensures that no one may go hungry. Without the support from the community and volunteers, we could not do all that we do in feeding those in need,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director.

For more information about Bread for Life, visit the website www.southingtonbreadforlife.org or call the office (860) 276-8389.

Photo courtesy of Bread for Life

Stacie Swanson, left, and Erik Swanson, load their car with snacks to be delivered midday from Bread for Life to children in a local neighborhood.