West Hartford students deliver donations in Red Wagon Trek

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An annual event in West Hartford that brings the community together to help families in need hit the streets Tuesday morning.

Donating food to the needy is always a heartwarming story. The only thing better is when it’s little kids doing the donating. And the only thing better than that is how the kids at Morley Elementary School deliver those donations.

“The great thing about this event is we are so close to town hall,” said Morley School principal Ryan Cleary. “The kids, aside from collecting the food, get to load it into red wagons, bring it down to town hall and deliver it to the food pantry, so they get to see where it goes.”

It goes a little more than a mile away to the West Hartford Food Pantry. The wagon train gets a police escort all the way. West Hartford may look like an affluent town, but the food pantry is very much in demand.

“Last year, we gave out over 6,000 bags through food pantry programs. The need continues to grow,” said West Hartford Food Pantry Coordinator Nancy Stockman.

That need is greater than you might think. FeedingAmerica.org says 1 in 9 people in Connecticut struggle with hunger, and apropos of this food drive, 1 in 6 Connecticut children is food insecure. One out of every six kids in Connecticut is not sure where they’re getting their next meal.

That means kids at the Morley School may be helping some of their own. And if the wagon wheelers look a little small to you, there’s a reason.

“Our whole school, K-5 are the ones who donated all the food, but the cool thing is, it’s our K-2 kids who were the leaders, the little guys were the leaders in this situation,” Cleary said. “They were the ones promoting the food drive, collecting the items.”

Learning the lesson very early about how lucky they are, and how good it feels to share.

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