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CMC’s Unwavering Mission in Times of Change
Back to school! Growing up, September always meant the start of the school year to me. With it brought a mix of emotions: excitement to see my school friends and delve into my favorite subjects, as well as trepidation about the end of summer and the evenings that would be spent doing my homework. My sense is that all young people have had those same competing emotions over the start of the school year. It is an annual rite of passage we all go through.
Covid-19 has changed that rite of passage this year and brought with it a variety of new emotions and concerns. Will students actually attend class in-person or resume virtual learning? If classes are in-person, how will the actual classroom look? How will the typical after school activities, such as sports, theater and clubs, be different from the past? Certainly, Covid-19 has changed the school experience for the foreseeable future.
Food on the Move
Mobile Food Pantries play key role during pandemic
While New Hampshire residents struggle to cope with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, two things have astonished Nancy Mellitt, director of development at the New Hampshire Food Bank: first, the vast amount of need among people in our state, and second, the incredible generosity of individuals and corporations who have stepped up to try to fill that need.
As the only food bank in the state, the NH Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has distributed countless tons of food during good times and bad for 36 years. But the last six months have presented especially daunting challenges. More than ever, it has had to rely on its Mobile Food Pantry program to bring food directly to people within their communities, while minimizing the risk of coronavirus infection to its workers and clients.
St. Teresa of Calcutta’s feast day, on Sept. 5, offers an opportunity to reflect on recent events that have profoundly impacted us all – the Covid-19 pandemic. At Covenant Health and St. Joseph Hospital, we focused on sharing a spirit of hope with our patients, staff and the Greater Nashua community in the face of suffering and loss.