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Center Intermediate's food pantry makes sure families don't go hungry
April 1, 2020

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On an average day when school is in session, about 50 students will leave with items from Center Intermediate's Food Pantry--so that their families have a good dinner that night.

Now that the pandemic has forced schools across Ohio to close, BCIS staff members want to make sure those families are not going hungry.

Counselors Mindy DePietro, Kendra Baltes and Linda Frease have spent hours packing and organizing this week, so that a week's worth of groceries are ready for pickup...and in some cases, when a family can't get to the school, the School Resource Officer will help deliver.

"The pandemic has created many hardships, but for our most vulnerable families, this pantry has become something they could count on," said DePietro. " We are trying to make sure those families are getting what they need."

BCIS was the first school in the Valley to open a daily, in-school food pantry as a pilot program with Second Harvest Food Bank in November of 2016. Since then, Boardman Local Schools has added food pantries at BHS, Glenwood Jr. High and Stadium Drive Elementary.

"We know that hundreds of students and their families have made it through a tough time, job loss, or unexpected event in part, because the pantry helped them to put dinner on the table."

Student Food Drives help stock the pantry, and the Boardman Lions Club is active at BCIS--helping to stock and organize pantry shelves.

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