Many school children receive free or reduced meals during the school week. This can leave those same children lacking for food on the weekends. The Windsor Hunger Action Team created the Weekend Wheels program to help fill that gap. This gram distributes supplementary food to children in need through Windsor elementary schools every week during the school year. Children from eligible families will receive a backpack filled with nutritious foods each Friday to bring home for the weekend. This program is currently being offered to families whose children are enrolled at Clover Street School, John F. Kennedy School, Oliver Ellsworth School and Poquonock School. Homeschooled households can also participate.
Click here to view the eligibility requirements and for the different ways that you can register for this program.
This program has the capacity to serve 100 participants on a weekly basis. The need for donations for this program is great. Weekend Wheels is funded solely through the donations and support of local businesses, civic organizations, religious institutions, concerned residents and grant awards. If you are interested in donating to the program, please contact the program coordinator, Susan Nunes at 860-573-4892. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and can be at https://windsorfoodbank.org/services/ourprograms/weekendwheels/.
BOOK DRIVE - Weekend Wheels is currently hosting a book drive for new and gently used books. Click Here to view informational flier.
To learn more about this program, please contact Susan Nunes at 860-573-4892.
Weekend Wheels Backpack Program Receives $1,220 in Funding from the Archbishop’s Annual AppealWe are pleased to announce that our partner program, the Weekend Wheels Backpack Program, received a check in the amount of $1,220.00 from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal through its Vicariate Outreach Program.
This very generous donation will help the Weekend Wheels program continue its mission of providing a backpack filled with foods to elementary school children whose families are in need of food assistance. Many children who participate in free or reduced meals through the school week may be lacking on the weekends. This program helps to fill that void for families.
“The Weekend Wheels program is thrilled to receive this funding from the Archbishops Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program. We are expanding our program this year and these funds will really help with our food inventory costs. 100% of these funds will go toward the purchase of food to help make a difference in the lives of children in need in our community. By having proper nourishment thru the weekend, children can come to school Monday morning focused and ready to learn,” says Program Coordinator, Susan Nunes.
For more information about Weekend Wheels, please contact the Family Resource Center at your child’s school or call Susan Nunes at 860-573-4892.
About the Archbishop Annual Appeal.
Since 1981, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal has been able to assist tens of thousands of people – regardless of race, religion, or color – across the Archdiocese of Hartford with health care, education, housing, emergency expenses, and in numerous other areas. It is through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program and the generosity of its donors that the Appeal is able to assist a wide array of community-based charities throughout Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield Counties.
Filling Backpacks(L-R) Mary Zielinski, Martha Pinckney and Denise Novak get the Weekend Wheels Backpacks filled and ready for Friday distribution.
Food-Filled BackpacksEnd of school year collection and clean up day! There were 2,445 food filled backpacks distributed throughout the 2016-2017 school year! Over 20,000 pounds of food to help students in need!
Program CoordinatorVolunteer Sue Ellen Hewitt and Program Coordinator, Susan Nunes a the April 2017 fundraising event at Dom's Broad Street Eatery! Great food for a great cause!
Collecting and DonatingMary Zielinski (left) and Mary Dehais (center) from the Junior Women's Club collected and donated over 60 cans of beef stew and delivered them to Susan Nunes, Program Coordinator (right). Making a difference in Windsor!
VolunteersDedicated Weekend Wheels program volunteers picking up 550 jars of peanut butter and jelly collected by the staff and students at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in May of 2017! GREAT COLLECTION!