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Pam’s Pantry Needs Provisions
by Staff | Aug 7, 2013 12:54 pm
Posted to: Citizen Contributions, Social Services
The Visiting Nurse’s Asssociation’s Melissa Healy sent in this appeal for donations to restock a food pantry for needy patients.
John R. Quinn, President & CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC), recently announced that VNA/SCC is accepting donations for non-perishable food items to restock the shelves of Pam’s Pantry.
The Pam’s Pantry program was started 14 years ago when Pam Gent, clinical manager of Acute East Team, realized that many of the visiting nurses had been purchasing groceries for needy patients. She decided to open the effort up so that all staff could pitch in and help. Each year the VNA/SCC distributes Thanksgiving baskets to about 75 needy families. Pam’s Pantry also runs a gift-giving program for Christmas to give gifts to some less fortunate patients.
“Thanks to all the VNA/SCC staff and Board, Webster Bank, and an annual food drive held at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Pam’s Pantry is able to continue to offer these programs to the community. Now we need the support of the general community to help restock the shelves for Pam’s Pantry,” commented Quinn.
Although the holidays are still a few months away, many of our patients need the food supplies throughout the year. We are looking for non-perishable food items such as: cereal, oatmeal, juice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit/vegetables, soup, toiletries, crackers, coffee/tea, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, boxed potato mixes and any other non perishable items.
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Does this program coordinate with CT Food Bank?
The first thing that came to my mind upon reading this article was how similar the visiting nurses are to teachers.
Just like the VN, we teachers regularly spend our own money to do what little we can for our students. Perhaps not in pantry items, but in other ways.
Too bad many people can’t see the enormous public service of our teachers as they do those who provide health services and assistance.