Nashua restaurant, students team to fight school vacation hunger
The Amherst Street Elementary School, Nashua high school students and UNO pizzeria restaurant in Nashua are hosting a food drive and dough raiser to help put food on the table for students who will not have access to free and reduced lunches during February and April school vacations.
“Childhood hunger is not just a national problem, it’s a local problem as well,” she said, noting 75 percent of the students at Amherst Street Elementary School receive free and reduced lunches. Some of those families are on a waiting list to receive a backpack full of food to feed their family on the weekends, part of the Amherst Street Backpack Food Pantry Program, added Caron.
In addition, UNO is hosting a dough raiser to benefit the program. Diners must bring in their free dough raiser ticket and hand it to their UNO server between now and Feb. 18 when 20 percent of receipts will be donated to the food pantry efforts.
Food can also be dropped off at the Amherst Street Elementary School during regular business hours, and monetary donations may be made through the school’s website.