100 Windham families to receive free groceries

August 5—WINDHAM — Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Hispanic Federation, groceries will be donated to 100 Windham families in need.

The donation was accepted by the board of education with a vote of 8-0 during its July 27 meeting. Windham Board of Education President Lynne Ide said she works with the Hispanic Federation regularly on her job.

She is the Director of Programs and Policies for the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.

Ide called the federation a “wonderful organization.”

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Windham Superintendent of Schools Tracy Youngberg expressed her thanks to the federation in an email Tuesday.

“We are extremely grateful to the Hispanic Federation for their generous donation and to Mrs. (Yusomil) Bonet who served as a liaison,” he wrote. ” I believe everyone understands the impact of poverty and food insecurity. The school district will always be willing to participate in opportunities that help our students and their families gain access to needed resources, like food. Our primary job is to provide a quality education experience to Windham students, but this is extremely challenging when the basic needs of our students are not being met.”

Bonet is a teacher at Windham Middle School.

According to an email from the Hispanic Federation’s New England regional director, Yanidsi Velez, each of the 100 families will receive vegetables, fruits, dried and canned goods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

No meat or dairy products will be included.

The donation involves a partnership between the middle school and Windham Head Start.

The federation encourages school officials to leverage the donation with other businesses and entities to match the value of the federation’s donation.

This could include donations of masks, backpacks, sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, meats, or dairy products. Youngberg said the details of the program need to be worked out.

The non-profit federation was founded in 1990.

According to its website, the nonprofit organization’s mission is to “empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic”.

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The federation has a headquarters in New York, as well as offices in Albany, NY, Hartford, Orlando, Charlotte, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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