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Christmas Can Drive Food Stolen

January 23, 2020

Source: BizX Magazine - Guest Author

Last Monday, the children at South Windsor’s École Élémentaire Catholique Monseigneur Jean Noël were treated to a free pizza party. Antonino’s Original Pizza donated 63 large pizzas to honour the children’s extraordinary achievement of raising over 9,000 cans and non-perishable food items for The Windsor Family Homes and Community Partnerships Kids First Food Bank. This past weekend much of that food was stolen, along with numerous power tools and other items.

The charitable organization’s director, Angela Yakonich, said she was first alerted of the break in on Monday morning, after a staff member pointed out that their backdoor had been kicked in. According to Yakonich thieves stole, “a lot of the things that are high need for us,” school snacks, juice boxes, cereal, peanut butter, tuna fish and canned pasta.

Having to turn away people coming to the food bank on Monday was, “the worst feeling,” said Danielle Atogwe, a food bank employee.

After becoming aware of the need to replenish the food bank, a local businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, rallied local businesses to donate cash and food. Through the contributions of local businesses, approximately $7,000 was raised, along with a pickup truck load of canned goods and non-perishable food items. Security ONE has agreed to donate a new security system. Other contributing businesses include:

  • Master Cleaners
  • Century 21 Showtime Realty
  • Rosati Construction
  • Antonino’s Original Pizza
  • Homestyle Renovations
  • The Storage Box
  • Bubby’s Plumbing
  • Marda Management
  • Regency Realty
  • Guaranteed Auto
  • Williams Food Equipment
  • Pinnacle Physiotherapy
  • Vito’s Pizzeria
  • Morton’s Wholesale
  • Borrelli Gourmet Foods
  • Mancini’s Italia Bakery
  • Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens
  • The Home Depot

The food bank is accepting donations at 900 Howard Avenue. For more information contact the Windsor Family Homes and Community Partnership Kids First Food Bank at 519-258-4501.

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