New Club Addresses Food Insecurity

Group has raised $1,500

Sabrine Yaser, Editor-in-Chief

“Fill-A-Bag, Fuel-A-Mind” is a new school club created to provide families in need with essential supplies, such as nonperishable food and hygiene products.

Junior Grace Nowak came up with the idea after hearing about levels of food insecurity within our community during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 hit our community very hard and exposed the level of food insecurity faced amongst students,” Nowak said.

She wants to create an “avenue” for families in need of supplies that aren’t so easy to get. The club has obtained supplies through “drive-by” food drives and donations made by teachers. Her team has raised $1,500 just through online raffles done by the Facebook group Westies Win.

The supplies are stored in the WHHS School Store, which is located in the main school lobby.

“Every item in the pantry is free to all West Haven students. Students who are in need may come into the closet and ‘fill their bag’,” Nowak said, adding that getting her team of almost 30 people together did take some time.

“It definitely takes a village, but with determination and teamwork, the job always gets done!” she said.