Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

haiti meals 1Notre Dame of West Haven students work with Rotarians and volunteers from Halsey Associates in New Haven at packing more than 46,000 mails, primarily for residents of Haiti. (Photo submitted)WEST HAVEN – Three student groups at Notre Dame of West Haven combined with the Rotary Clubs of West Haven, New Haven and Orange for one of the largest meal-packing efforts that Halsey Associates of New Haven has organized in its support of community service group Harvest Pack since starting the initiative in 2012.

The undertaking will provide hunger relief for Haiti and several local agencies. Haiti is still suffering from the after-effects of Hurricane Matthew, which struck the island on Oct. 4, 2016. The storm’s tidal surge, heavy rainfall and high winds destroyed approximately 200,000 homes, leaving over 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian relief. The damage was estimated at $1.89 billion. Crop damage was also extensive, leaving many without a source of food.

The student-led organizations of Interact, Minority Student Union and Christian Service Student Club, along with the Rotary groups and Halsey Associates, totaled more than 150 volunteers who organized and packed over 46,000 meals in three hours on Dec. 6 in the Maureen and George Collins ’58 Auditorium at Notre Dame.

“We are incredibly proud that we surpassed our goal of 40,000 meals for such a worthy cause,” said Notre Dame President Robert F. Curis.

He said that the school also screened a video and raised more than $2,000 for Holy Cross missionaries in Haiti.

With the financial support of Halsey Associate, the Rotary clubs and a Rotary District 7980 grant, a total of $5,850 was raised to support the project.

The majority of meals will be delivered to Haiti. They will be shipped to St. Therese School in Carrefour, Haiti, a mission and school run by the Little Brothers of St. Therese, a community of Haitian Catholic Brothers.

Some of the meals will go to the Christian Community Action Agency and other organization in Greater New Haven.

The event was organized with assistance from the Harvest Pack organization. Information is available at https://harvestpack.org.