Mohonasen students holding food drive next week

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ROTTERDAM — The Mohonasen National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society will team up this weekend to host a food drive benefiting district families facing food insecurity next week. 

The Feb. 11 food drive will take place in front of the High School auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an emphasis on collecting personal hygiene and nonperishable food items. The drive was originally expected to take place Feb. 4, but was postponed due to low temperatures.

Collection boxes for the drive will be available at district entrances through Feb. 10.

A portion of items collected will be donated to the Schenectady Community Ministries food pantry, which provides thousands of free meals to county residents each year.

The drive comes as the district continues to advocate for universal free meals, a pandemic-era federal program that expired last year, taking away free breakfast and lunches to millions of students across the country.

At Mohonasen schools, nearly half the district’s approximately 2,700 students are economically disadvantaged and qualify for either free or reduced meals, according to state data.

In recent years, the district has launched its MohonCares program, which provides students access to free meals, clothing and other hygiene items without charge. The program has benefited hundreds of students to date, and was recently awarded a pair of grants to expand services.

Recommended hygiene donations included, shampoo, conditioner, tampons, maxi pads, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body was, deodorant and shaving cream.

Food items include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit containers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Soup
  • Rice Crispy Treats
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O cups
  • Goldfish
  • Crackers
  • Individual mac and cheese cups
  • Individual oatmeal cups
  • Pretzels
  • Chips

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: [email protected] or by calling 518-395-3120.

This story was updated on Feb. 3 to reflect that the food drive has been rescheduled for Feb. 11. 

Categories: News, Rotterdam, Schenectady County

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