Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.
Shout Out to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for organizing the eighth Annual Norwalk Election Day Food Drive. St. Vincent’s is a local pantry in East Norwalk that provides over 1,000 local families with food every month. According to the Connecticut Food Bank, nearly half a million Connecticut residents struggle with hunger; more than 127,000 children are food insecure statewide.
The food insecurity rate for Norwalk is 13.2 percent. Organizer Diane Cece thanked the community for its generosity, adding that the need in all pantries is especially great as we head into the holiday season.
Shout Out to the team at the Norwalk Public Libraries for using technology to support students academically. Brainfuse HelpNow allows students to interact with live tutors and receive help in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, foreign language homework and more. Students can also submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback, and access a variety of research-based tools. Elementary school students needing some extra help can sign up for the Homework HELPers program offered Saturday mornings at the SoNo Branch or M in STEM tutoring offered on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. All Norwalk students are encouraged to get a library card to take advantage of these and other helpful services.