For the second consecutive year, The Music Shop owner Scott Mulrooney made an offer to his students that many couldn’t resist: donate $20 or more worth of nonperishable groceries and they would receive a free half-hour lesson as a thank you. Approximately 12 families accepted the bid in December compared to 15 in 2013.

“I was hoping we’d get more,” Mulrooney said. “But we were very pleased. People were generous.” In the end, several hundred pounds of food were presented to Southington Bread for Life via The Music Shop, which offers music equipment and instruments, repairs, rentals, sheet music and lessons for a variety of instruments and voice.

Mulrooney, who opened The Music Shop at 405 Queen St. in 1985, said he knew about the local non-profit that feeds the hungry but did not know the tremendous need until Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director, came and spoke about the program at a church.

“It’s incredible that there are so many families in need right here in town. I was blown away and thought it would be a nice way to encourage people to give. It’s a worthwhile cause and the food is not being sent off to other towns; it’s being used right here in Southington,” Mulrooney said.

Hafford said, “We want to thank The Music Shop for their support of Bread for Life, the local soup kitchen and feeding program that serves the homeless, seniors and homebound. We appreciate all the students and their families that donated. You are making a difference in feeding the hungry in our community and without you, this could not happen.”

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

Photo courtesy of The Music Shop

Will McDougall, who studies guitar at The Music Shop, was one of the students who donated nonperishable food to Bread for Life in exchange for a free music lesson.
Robin Lee Michel ​ (on behalf of Bread for Life)​
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