Hannah Beaudry & Meagan Dubois
Manchester West High School has a significant number of homeless students, so much so that the school offers a food and clothing pantry, run by the school’s guidance counselor, Eli Glass, for these individuals to get some of the items they need. This school year, the pantry needed additional inventory so it could be opened to more students. While there has always been a need for this pantry at West High School, Covid-19 has made engaging with people experiencing housing and food insecurity even more vital.
For the spring 2021 semester, Meagan Dubois, a senior Social Work major at Saint Anselm College, has been completing her practicum placement at West High School. Meagan recognized the need for more donations to the pantry and decided to start a clothing and food drive at Saint Anselm College. To help reach the campus community and collect donations, Meagan partnered with another student, Hannah Beaudry, and the college’s Center for Ethics. Students, faculty, staff, and community members enthusiastically participated in this great cause, and the drive helped replenish West’s pantry, especially by adding to the winter clothing inventory.
With so many donations, some clothing was even brought to other locations around Manchester, including to Waypoint, Meagan’s hard work starting and managing this clothing and food drive made this success possible, and it shows her dedication to engaging with, and caring for, others during times as difficult as this pandemic. This initiative truly helped make a difference in the Manchester community. I (Connie) serve on the Board for the Center for Ethics at St. Anselm College and Hannah, who works part time as a student for the Center, reached out to me to ask if I could help. I have delivered almost 30 bags of clothes, including winter jackets, pants, etc., shoes, for both men and women, to Hannah who then distributed them to her team for eventual distribution to West High School and other organizations as she pointed out. While this is a team effort, Hannah did not hesitate to reach out and provide support for the effort. I do believe that all the women mentioned should be publicly thanked for their efforts!