CBK Opens Food Pantry as Part of MLK Day of Service
With one in five children in America experiencing some level of food insecurity, Cedarbrook students want to help end child hunger in their community. CBK’s National Junior Honor Society, Student Council, Black Student Union and Beacon mentorship program have collaborated to open a school-based food pantry, and will be coordinating this community service effort throughout the year.
After two-weeks of homeroom collections, reminder signs throughout the school, and appeals to the community at large, the Cedarbrook Middle School food pantry was stocked and ready for its official opening on Monday, Jan. 17, the Martin Luther King Day of Service.
To seed the pantry with food and other items in the two weeks prior to its opening, CBK students and families were asked to send canned and non-perishable food items and baby and body care items to school. The community responded in an overwhelming fashion. To encourage participation, CBK administration offered a schoolwide challenge to see which classes and team could bring in the most goods by Friday, Jan. 14. The winners will be rewarded with a surprise from the CBK administration. Families also had the opportunity to drop off donations on Monday, Jan. 17.
At Monday's soft opening, families in need were able to utilize the CBK food pantry with no questions asked.