NHPS Helps AFB Management Provide Thanksgiving Dinners to Needy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
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New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) volunteers, including members of the Local 287 Custodial Union, today assembled about 1,000 Thanksgiving baskets for needy New Haveners and loaded them onto trucks.
The baskets, each with enough food to feed six to seven people, will be delivered to 40 New Haven public schools where they will be distributed Wednesday to families identified by each school.
AFB Management, which manages NHPS facilities, provided the food through its Second Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser. The company asked business partners and individuals to make donations to provide needy families with full Thanksgiving dinners.
“I want to thank all the donors as well as Local 287 Custodians and Local 933 Federation of Teachers, the New Haven Public Schools and the volunteers for their generosity and time,” AFB Executive Director of Facilities Joseph Barbarotta said. “I’m very pleased that we will feed between 6,000 and 7,000 people this year. This difficult economic environment has challenged us with the responsibility to reach out to the community and help New Haven Families, and I’m proud that so many donors have accepted that responsibility.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said, “AFB is a partner not only in running our schools, but also in supporting the community. The company did a great job this year, raising enough to provide 6,000 to 7,000 people with Thanksgiving dinner. AFB understands that companies are part of the community. I salute AFB, the donors and all the volunteers who are assuring that needy families have a happy Thanksgiving.”
Chief Operating Office Will Clark who will take his place in the assembly line putting the meal boxes together, noted, “I am once again amazed by the generosity of our business partners and workforce. New Haven is a wonderful place where anything is possible when we work together for our students and their families. My thanks to Al Barbarotta and AFB for thinking big and for pushing as hard as possible to feed so many families this Thanksgiving.”
Each dinner basket includes one turkey, one box of mashed potatoes, one box of stuffing, two cans of vegetables cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and one apple pie.