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Food Drive & Big Donation for Moore Food Pantry/Care Closet

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Food Drive & Big Donation for Moore Food Pantry/Care Closet
Posted on 12/17/2015
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Last year, Lyman Moore Middle School started a food pantry to help fellow students and their families grappling with food insecurity and poverty. This year, the food pantry has a new name – the “Care Closet” – and it recently got a $2,500 donation from Evergreen Credit Union. It also will benefit from a food drive on Saturday, Dec. 19, which will help ensure students don’t go hungry over the holiday break.

The North Deering Neighborhood Association (NDNA) food drive for the Care Closet will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the corner of the Northgate Shopping Center’s Shaw’s and Starbucks. The event also will feature a holiday sing-along, with donors and volunteers invited to join in.

The Care Closet was originated last school year by Moore students who had researched national issues only to find that some of those issues hit home at their own school – poverty and food insecurity. Both this fall and last fall, the whole school has gone on an awareness walk through the local neighborhood, collecting nonperishable food items and personal care items to support school families in need. Students from the school can access the closet on a daily basis as needed to support themselves, or their families.

Recently, the closet just got a big boost. “We just received a nice donation for the holidays from Evergreen Credit Union in the amount of $2,500 for our Care Closet,” said Moore Principal Steve Rogers.

The NDNA decided to hold the food drive because the Portland Public Schools will be on winter break starting next week for almost two weeks. Children who rely on the daily school breakfast and lunch program won’t have that to fall back on, so the NDNA wants “to make sure our neighbors have enough food during this vacation,” said Cheryl Denis, vice president of the association.

“Please stop by, donate some food and lend your voices this Saturday,” Denis said. She said most needed are recommended food items that include pasta, mac 'n' cheese and easy-access foods (for kids who might have to eat in their rooms), such as peanut butter crackers and Chef Boyardee peel-top items.

Denis added, “We’d love for some Lyman Moore students to join us for the hour as well!” She said students can fulfill school community service requirements by participating. Refreshments will be provided.

To learn more, visit the North Deering Neighborhood Association on Facebook.

PHOTO CAPTION: Evergreen Credit Union recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to support Lyman Moore Middle School’s "Care Closet." Chandler Look, a seventh-grader, receives the check from Catie Scribner, Evergreen social responsibility coordinator/executive assistant. Next to her is Ed Budway, Evergreen marketing assistant. Moore Principal Steve Rogers is on the far right.