Plymouth students, community members pack more than $3,000 in meals for Ukraine

Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:37


PLYMOUTH – Students from local schools and members of the community are helping pack more than $3,000 in meals for delivery to Ukrainian refugees.

Nicole McWilliams, Career Pathways Adviser at Terryville High School, said that the high school’s LEO Club, along with students from Eli Terry Jr. Middle School and other volunteers have raised $3,250 to purchase dry foods.

“How much we are able to do varies from year to year, but the response we’ve received from the community this year has been overwhelmingly positive,” said McWilliams. “We have a great town that always rallies whenever there is a need to help others.”

McWilliams said that close to 50 volunteers will be packing up the meals from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Terryville High School. From there, they will be sent to the nonprofit organization “Harvest Pack,” who will see them delivered to Moldova to help the refugees.

This is not the first time that the local Leo club has worked with Harvest Pack. Similar collections have been held in past years to benefit other communities around the country.

“This is my first year spearheading the collection, but in the past the LEO Club has gotten together as a group to sent out meals to other parts of the state and country in high need,” said McWilliams.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, it was decided that this year’s collection would go to assist refugees.

The LEO Club also assists with local fundraisers. They recently helped local youths Nico Florenciani and Luke Koser collect $2,414.31 for United Way of West Central Connecticut through their “Penny Wars” initiative.

McWilliams said that Harvest Pack is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 to make healthy food accessible worldwide. According to Harvest Pack’s website,, they have served more than 8 million meals.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:37. Updated: Wednesday, 16 March 2022 14:40.