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NCDS Gives to Local Food Pantry
In October, Newton Country Day donated food items to be distributed to families through the Centre Street Food Pantry. While service opportunities look a little different than in previous years, Newton’s commitment to social awareness which impels to action remains.

Centre Street Food Pantry is a non-profit that provides families with consistent access to nutritious food with acceptance and dignity in Newton and in seven surrounding communities. For the month of October, it set a goal to collect 250 pre-packed bags filled with foods that kids love for their Kids Club Fill-a-Bag food drive.

“This month, we have an opportunity to help meet the critical nutritional needs of families experiencing hunger and food insecurity in the Newton community,” said Director of Community Service and Religious Studies Department Chair Mark Potter. “Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for food has more than doubled at the Centre Street Food Pantry, just down the street in Newton Centre.”
 

Advisory groups in the Upper School and TAG/homerooms in the Middle School were invited to fill a grocery bag with specific foods appropriate for families with children. Students signed up to contribute items for the food drive which included granola bars, cereal, homemade cards, and activity items.

Earlier in the month, students reflected on how an attitude of generosity is the end of a Sacred Heart education, guided by a quote from Life at the Sacred Heart:

          “a Sacred Heart education aspires to make you open-eyed, alert to the
           needs of others, generous and courageous in service.

On October 19, NDCS delivered 70 bags to the Centre Street Food Pantry from the Upper School. Additional bags will be delivered from the Middle School at the end of the week.