Paraeducators gathered at John F. Kennedy Middle School earlier this month to make a generous donation to Bread for Life. The professionals are members of the United Public Service Employees Union and have supported the nonprofit for several years.

The paraeducators, in joint partnership with the board of education and with the assistance of Michelle Passamano, executive secretary to Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith, raised funds through a Dress Down Day on Nov. 19. They also conducted a food collection in November.

In 2013, Bread for Life provided more than 36,000 meals through the weekday noon meal, and programs for seniors and the homebound. A breakfast program is also in place through collaboration with Southington Schools. Not only are they a food service provider, they are a social link for the elderly and homebound patrons, who benefit from their services.

“Southington paraeducators continue year after year to support Bread for Life and our programs. They give of their time, talents and treasury in providing such donations,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director. “Without the support of the paraeducators, we could not do all that we do. Words cannot thank them enough for their generosity.”

The mission of Bread for Life, “that no one may go hungry,” is one that resonates with these paraeducators and they have pledged to continue their support for this organization, according to a press release on the union website.

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

Photo courtesy of Bread for Life

Presenting a donation to Bread for Life are, from left, Lisa Thom-Dunphy, steward; Sue Buchanan; Jill Sohon; Betty Cole; Caroline Turek; Deborah Stevens, co-president; Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director; Barbara Perretta, steward; Kirsten Lagana, vice president; and Sue Topper, secretary. Co-president Wendy Borkowski was absent from the photo.