Fifth-grade Santas launch annual GBAM Food Cupboard drive

Dec 01, 2018
Erin Ireland's fifth-grade class, pictured Nov. 30 with the Rev. Joel Krueger and their teacher (both in back row), as they prepare to kick off their annual drive to aid the Greater Bay Area Ministerium Food Cupboard.

East Belfast — 'Tis the season to be giving, and the fifth-grade class at East Belfast Elementary School is getting ready to do just that.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the class, along with teacher Erin Ireland and the rest of the school, kicked off their annual Belfast Food Cupboard drive.

With the help of the Rev. Joel Krueger of the Greater Bay Area Ministerium, along with John Arrison and Dick Frost of the GBAM Food Cupboard board, members of the class were deputized as Food Cupboard Santas, promising to do their best to "bring food and sustenance to the hungry, hope to the hopeless, and joy to everyone they meet."

In coming weeks, the students will learn more about hunger in our area, how one in five Maine children are food insecure, and how they and others can help bring relief for some of the 14.4 percent of Maine families who don't get enough to eat.

They will learn about organizations like the GBAM Food Cupboard, located in the Belfast United Methodist Church on Mill Lane, as well as other local food pantries and other groups that work to battle hunger.

Through Dec. 21, they will collect non-perishable food items and money donations, as well as hold a Holiday Bazaar on Monday, Dec. 17, at which students will have a chance to purchase small holiday items for their families.

Proceeds from the bazaar and all their collections will go to the Food Cupboard. To donate items for the students’ Holiday Bazaar (such as costume jewelry, clean toys, mugs, cards, puzzles, or whatever you think might appeal to young shoppers; no clothing, please), take them to the East Belfast School office until Friday, Dec. 14.  Donations of food and money will also be accepted.  East Belfast Elementary is located at 14 Swan Lake Ave. For more information, call the school office at 338-4420.

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