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Moore Students to Walk to Benefit the Hungry on Oct. 28

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Moore Students to Walk to Benefit the Hungry on Oct. 28
Posted on 10/26/2016
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Lyman Moore Middle School’s Third Annual Food Pantry and Care Closet Neighborhood Walk will take place on Friday, Oct. 28. During the walk, students will collect donated goods in the North Deering neighborhoods around the school to support a food pantry that students at the school started three years ago to help classmates and their families.

Weather permitting, all the school’s students will walk on Friday, starting and ending at the school. Students will pick up food and other donations, such as hygiene products, during the walk. Each grade will walk a different route, and the grades will be staggered throughout the morning. If students are unable to complete the walk due to weather, several Moore teachers have volunteered to travel the route by car and collect donations for students and families. 

This event is organized by staff members in conjunction with a group of student leaders. The goal is to supplement food and care items available to students and families so the pantry can help as many families as possible. Moore students whose families need help are able to discreetly access the pantry with assistance from school staff.

The annual walk also promotes physical fitness. Every student participated last year and the food pantry received monetary donations and lots of food and care supplies. Evergreen Credit Union has been a generous community benefactor, donating thousands of dollars since the pantry’s inception.

Caroline Foster, a Moore social studies teacher, said the school’s food pantry was started three years ago by two students who became concerned after learning that about 60 percent of their peers lived with food insecurity.

“Every year since then, we've done a food walk around some North Deering neighborhoods,” Foster said. “Its objectives are exercise, community building, recognition of student-started, student-centered initiatives, and increased inventory for our food pantry. Cross-country students deliver a flyer to houses on the route, people in those houses put food out for us to collect on the walk, and we add everything to the inventory of the pantry to be given back to our own families.”

Moore Principal Ben Donaldson said, “This community service event embodies what Moore is all about: students and teachers identifying a community need and working together to address that need. Many of our students and families benefit from this collaborative effort, and it proves again that we are ‘Moore Together!’”