The Mansfield Public Works Department joined hundreds of Public Works Departments from across New England to “Fill-A-Public Works Truck” and collect food and household goods to support local community food bank needs. The Mansfield Public Works chose to support the Access Community Action Agency Food Pantries, which serves Windham and Tolland counties and held their drive at the Storrs/Mansfield Price Chopper. The Food Drive occurred during National Public Works Week, from May 19-25, 2019.
The summer months are difficult for families in need who rely on schools for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches. National Public Works Week occurs near the end of most school years and is a time when many Public Works Departments already have public outreach events planned, making the implementation of this event a little easier.
Instituted in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week of May 19-25, 2019, sought to bring awareness to the often-unsung heroes of our society, the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.
The Access Community Action Agency is designated by the federal and state government as the anti-poverty agency in northeast Connecticut. Access provides food, affordable housing, job readiness services, and other pathways to economic self-reliance for vulnerable limited-income families and individuals throughout the region.
For more information about the services Access provides, visit us on the web at www.accessagency.org; or call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area or (860) 412-1600 In the Danielson area.