Greenwood Elementary School hosts drive-through food pantry
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Staff at Greenwood elementary school are teamed up to give back to their community with a drive through food pantry. “We’re doing a drive-through so that we can get food out to our students and families, because we know that they’ve been kind of confined to home,” said Linda Kinhart, teacher and organizer of the food pantry at Greenwood Elementary School.
The team of volunteers spent the morning bagging and boxing up food before people started pulling in. The bags and boxes were packed full with all kinds of non-perishable food that students’ families can keep in their pantries. “Lots of canned fruits and vegetables. Pasta, a lot of macaroni and cheese, pancake mix. Things that will certainly help stock at peoples pantries during these difficult times,” said school principal Ashley Walters.
Greenwood Elementary School regularly organizes food pantries for the school’s community, with students helping out, but volunteers tell 47ABC they’re glad they could take over the job and give back. “It makes me feel good knowing that the kids have food and that they have what they need at home,” said Kinhart.
Walters says Wednesday’s event was bigger and better than ever before, and the Maryland Food Bank played a key part in getting food to the school at no cost. “They delivered a little over 8,000 pounds of food this morning, and as you can see a lot of our staff came in and volunteer today to bag and box everything up,” said Walters.
The principal says this drive through pantry couldn’t have been done without the help of the school’s teachers and staff, who dedicated their time to making sure their community is cared for. “We’re very grateful for our staff volunteers they gave up their time today to be here to help with this,” said Walters.
The volunteers worked in three hour shifts while they were preparing the bags and boxes. They tell us each shift had ten people at the most, to comply with Governor Hogan’s order to limit gatherings to ten people.