Food Shelf Donates To Miller's Run Lunch Program

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Mary Batchelder, at left, Ethan Bergeron, Sabrina Batchelder, Teagan Foley-Rutherford, Sierra Batchelder, Jamie Powers, Alaura Rich and Michael Gaboriault stand in front of the Sheffield Town Hall recently before helping to set up the monthly community food shelf.

BY MARY BATCHELDER

SHEFFIELD -- Greg Bryant, with the Sheffield Food Pantry, came up with the idea to donate $1,000 to the Miller's Run School for the hot lunch program when someone in the community mentioned that the organization should do something for the school. The basis for this is that if there are students who might not be eligible for the free or reduced lunch program through the state and maybe sometimes they are unable to afford the lunches provided by the school they will be able to apply to the school directly for assistance. Principal Dusty Nelson will oversee the funds and paperwork involved figuring he would know best how to serve the needs of our students and where those needs are.

Miller's Run students perform community service each month by setting up for the food shelf and helping to clean up afterwards. This involves setting up tables and chairs, and laying out the produce, canned goods and boxed goods on the tables.

Greg Bryant really liked the idea of being able to give something back to the students because they do so much to help our community. The children at Millers Run are trying to become more community friendly and have been a wonderful asset to the community lunch program as well as helping set up and breakdown from the food shelf. It helps the children feel more involved and want to take ownership for their town. Greg said "We were really impressed with the students and with the work they are doing at Millers Run."

This press was written by Miller's Run School seventh-grader Mary Batchelder who writes for the After School Program Newspaper, "The Dragon Review."

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