St. Michaels stu­dents col­lect food for CarePacks, pantries

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

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]

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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.

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