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District collects 4,653 items for February break food drive campaign

(February 19, 2019) – In an effort to support the community, Union Springs Central School District held a food drive that ran from January 30 through February 8. The purpose of the food drive was to support families in need through the February school break.

In the shadow of the recent government shutdown, families were given public assistance money (SNAP, food stamps, temporary assistance) on January 17 and encouraged to make those benefits last throughout the month of February. Even though the government is back up and running, many families in need will not receive this public assistance again until March.

Students, staff, and families really came together to give to those around them by collecting 4,653 food items. Some of the items collected included soups, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice, boxed potatoes, spaghetti sauce, gravy, peanut butter, jelly, and many other non-perishable items.

“The food drive was a great opportunity to band together and encourage our students to give to those around them and to see how the work they put it will make an impact in their own community,” said Joe DeWolf, school social worker.

All of the items collected were divided into food baskets that were distributed to families just prior to the February break. All of the extra items were donated to the Western Cayuga County Emergency Food Pantry at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Union Springs.

“Thank you to all who participated and encouraged empathy in our students,” DeWolf said. “We really banded together to lessen some of our family’s burdens and lift the spirits of our community.”




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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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