The Bay View Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society recently ran a successful Baby Food Drive to benefit McAuley House in Providence. McAuley House is a meal and hospitality site for people and families in need. This spring’s collection yielded seven baskets of age appropriate baby food and was delivered to the organization on Friday, May 4.
Coventry residents that took part in the drive were Brittany Dalphonse, Holly DiMauro, Kimberly Grattan, Bianca Kohler, Courtney McArthur and Shannon McArthur.
The collection began in response to a need observed by members of the Bay View Chapter of the National Honor Society. The students, while volunteering at McAuley House, witnessed a young couple mashing up their dinner of hot dogs and potatoes and feeding it to their infant because no baby food was available. The students brought the issue back to the school and decided to begin a twice yearly Baby Food Drive, collecting Stage 1 and 2 foods (fruits and vegetables) as well as rice cereal and oatmeal. The senior members of the Society have the first collection during the fall semester followed by a spring collection headed by the newly inducted junior members.
According to outreach worker, Sr. Joan Rokicki, RSM, approximately 12-15 families come to McAuley House per week seeking baby food donations. In addition to the food necessities, Sr. Joan says they are always in need of diapers. Anyone looking to make a donation may do so between 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM or from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday at 622 Elmwood Avenue in Providence.