2013 News

Taunton school nurses give back to their community


From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
November/December 2012/January 2013 Edition

The Taunton School Nurses held a successful food drive in support of the Taunton-based Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event was held at the Shaw’s supermarket on Route 44 in Taunton.

“As school nurses we understand the importance of good nutrition for families and children,” said Christine Kimball, RN and chair of the MNA/Taunton School Nurses’ local bargaining unit. “Good nutrition plays a particularly important role in how well children do in school. But in these tough economic times, good nutrition is often a luxury. By sponsoring this food drive, we hoped to change these tides a little.”

And change the tides they did, with an enormous truckload of food delivered to the Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry in Taunton the following day.

Both food drives aligned with the MNA/NNU’s ongoing “Main Street Campaign,” which is dedicated to restoring the middle class by: offering sustainable nutrition and housing programs; guaranteeing health care via a single-payer system; making quality, public education accessible to all; providing jobs at living wages; and providing retirees with a secure, dignified future. The U.S. Robin Hood Tax is directly connected to the Main Street Campaign in that, if passed, it will produce the revenue needed to help reach the goals outlined above. Visit nationalnursesunited.org for more.