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May 22, 2013

Ti students help food pantry

TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga Central School students will be buying groceries for impoverished residents at area supermarkets.

The effort is possible because the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership received a grant for $750 from the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program. The partnership will use the grant to buy food for the local food shelf.

Holiday Match is the program where Stewart’s Shops collect and match customer donations in all of their stores from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

“This year, they virtually matched last year’s record total due to their customers’ generosity,” Partnership Director John Bartlett said in a news release.

“The funding will be used by Montcalm Street Partnership to organize another event in conjunction with local school students and teachers to collect and donate more food for the local food pantry.”

Today, students from Ticonderoga Central School will be provided with $1,000, representing the grant and other donations, which they can then use to shop for as much food as possible for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

“Students will be organized into teams and will compete to see who can spend more wisely and obtain the most non-perishable foods,” Bartlett said.

“Teachers will act as mentors for these student-teams, and they will be encouraged to make maximum use of coupons, discounts and sales.

“This should be both a learning exercise, as well as a community service for the needy families in our area.”

The students will be in grocery stores around the area making the purchases.

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is an all-volunteer organization that works to improve the community and to revitalize downtown Ticonderoga.

The Ticonderoga Food Pantry is located in the United Methodist Church on Wicker Street.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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