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Lyman Moore Students’ Walk Will Benefit the Hungry

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Lyman Moore Students’ Walk Will Benefit the Hungry
Posted on 10/27/2015
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The school food pantry that Lyman Moore Middle School students started last year to help classmates whose families don’t have enough to eat is going strong – and students are about to hold a 5K walk to raise donations for it.

The Second Annual Food Pantry and Care Closet 5K Walk will take place on Friday, October 30.

All the school’s students will walk the 5K together in the North Deering neighborhood that morning, starting and ending at the school. They’ll deliver informational fliers about the food pantry to houses and pick up food and other donations, such as hygiene products, during the walk. Each grade will walk together, and the grades will be staggered throughout the morning.

“This event is organized by the staff Community Service Team, in conjunction with a group of student leaders who were in eighth grade last year,” said social studies teacher David Hilton. “Our goal is to supplement food and care items available to students and families. Last year we established the food pantry and care closet. This year many students are accessing those areas. Our community needs have increased and we're committed to support our families as much as possible.”

The annual walk also promotes physical fitness. Every student participated last year and the food panty received more than $1,000 in donations and lots of food and care supplies, Hilton said.

Caroline Foster, another Moore social studies teacher, said the idea for the food pantry stemmed from a project in which students identified a health problem in the community, researched ways that people have solved similar problems around the world, and came up with an action plan to help either raise awareness or mitigate the problem.

The students found that nearly 60 percent of their peers live with food insecurity, so they founded the pantry. Students are able to discreetly access the pantry for their families through school guidance counselors and social workers.

Foster said that last year, Evergreen Credit Union donated an additional $2,000 to the pantry after seeing television coverage of the walk. This year, Foster said, “We'd be happy to take corporate sponsorships and/or partner with local businesses or farms (who want to help with the pantry).”