By Ann-Marie Mesquita, Staff Writer
BLOOMFIELD – Washington Redskins defensive end and Windsor native Chris Baker thought it was time to “reach back” into the community that nurtured him and give back.
So on Tuesday, an exceptionally cold day in Bloomfield, Baker and his family toured Foodshare’s gigantic warehouse and donated $500 to Foodshare.
“We’re so grateful for this contribution,” said Foodshare President Gloria McAdam. “And we’re looking forward to a long and constructive relationship.”
Baker intends to continue to reach back into the community, with the aid of the Chris Baker Foundation, which aims “to foster education and literacy in the Greater Hartford area.”
Baker said he selected Foodshare because of its track record in impacting thousands of Connecticut residents. Foodshare distributes food to community partners. But on certain days make stops in Hartford and elsewhere. In Hartford, the mobile Foodshare truck stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and the Artist Collective.
The NFL defensive said he grew up and went to church not far from Foodshare’s location. He went to Windsor High School, where he played football before going to Penn State. And his spiritual base is at First Cathedral Church.
“It felt good to come home,” he said. “I feel really good about Foodshare and the work it’s doing, and I want to support that work.
Baker says that this is the first step in what he hopes will be an ongoing relationship with Foodshare. Baker was also visiting area schools, including Windsor High. Among other activities, the foundation will be holding a charity auction in November and hosting a summer football camp in Windsor next summer.
McAdam said Baker’s check will go toward Foodshare’s ongoing work to increase the amount of food available, decrease the number of people who need food assistance, and engage the entire community in the effort to end hunger.