St. Michaels students collect food for CarePacks, pantries
ST. MICHAELS — St. Michaels Middle High School’s Students Helping Other People Interact Club teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food for local school food pantries and CarePacks.
SHOP members organized this year’s event, an annual project for the club. The food drive took place for nearly three weeks in October.
The SHOP club organized a competition for middle and high school students to see which class could collect the most food items.
“The students were very excited about this project, as they know we have a lot of families in our community who are in need of food,” said Gia Ritsvey, SMMHS science teacher and facilitator for the clubs. “It’s wonderful to see them prepare for the start of holiday season by doing something meaningful for others.”
CarePacks’ mission is to prevent weekend hunger among Talbot County’s most economically vulnerable students. The organization currently serves more than 300 students throughout the county, providing bags of food that contain two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks and two fruits — enough to tide kids over for the weekend — as well as grab-and-go meals and snacks.
“We’re extremely grateful for the support of the SHOP kids,” said Emily Moody of CarePacks. “Their food donation helps offset costs and allows us to serve more students.”
CarePacks relies on volunteers who collect donations, purchase food, fill packs, and deliver the packs to the schools. The program also receives support from donors who give money, in-kind services or both.
CarePacks is a partner of the Maryland Food Bank, and is the designated school pantry site for Talbot County. Through the MFB, they are able to access a wide range of foods at little to no cost.
To support CarePacks as a volunteer or donor, contact Emily Moody or Megan Cook at 410-8220550 or carepack[email protected]
St. Michaels Middle High School’s Students Helping Other People Interact Club teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food for local school food pantries and weekend CarePacks for Talbot County students.