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Poff Students Tackle Food Insecurity


According to Feeding America, nearly 1 in 7 people in Allegheny County are facing food insecurity. That’s 174,000 people who do not have enough food to adequately feed themselves or their families. Of these, 42,000 are children.

Every year, first graders at Poff Elementary School host a food drive to benefit North Hills Community Outreach’s food pantry. This year, however, the students are becoming more involved in the process of collecting food and have set some lofty goals for helping those in need within their own community.

“Volunteers from the food bank came in on Friday (Oct. 19) to speak to the students about how the Food Bank works,” said Mrs. Courtney Garrett, Poff first grade teacher. “The students are much more involved this year and we have been creating a space for learning around this drive.”

First graders said they think it is important to help those who need extra food, and would like to collect at least 500 food items. As of Oct. 25, the students have already reached a third of their goal, with 163 items collected.

In addition to asking Poff families to donate to the drive, students also are reaching out to businesses such as Giant Eagle and Shop ‘n Save to request donations. First grader Connor Butler said he and his classmates wrote letters to the businesses seeking their participation. “One class made posters and put them up (in the community),” added first grader Taylor DiCaprio.

The food drive continues until Nov. 19. Individuals wishing to contribute can bring non-perishable food items to the school to be added to the coffers. Donations can be dropped off weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Posted by berg in Poff Elementary School, community awareness on Tuesday October, 30, 2018 at 11:01AM

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