Mineville The Moriah Food pantry is getting a holiday gift from a group of students at the Yandon Dillon Center in Mineville.
Champlain Valley Educational Services students sold soup and cookies during the holiday season to raise money for the local food shelf. They raised $250.
“This is a good project for the class,” said Joan McGowan, a career skills teacher. “We want the kids to realize the importance to helping their community and this is a way to do that.”
Students from Moriah, Crown Point, Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga schools took part in the project.
This is the eighth year McGowan’s class has raised money for a local group. Last year it did a benefit for the Schroon Lake Fire Department. In other years it has assisted the Willsboro Food Pantry, a Willsboro playground project and Blue Star mothers and fathers.
“The class selected the Moriah Food Pantry this year,” McGowan said. “We had a list of groups and organizations we could help and they decided on the Moriah Food Pantry. We wanted to do something local.”
Students taking part included Lorrie Carron, Mike Ennengna, Jen Tefoe and Austin Stevens of Crown Point; Bethany Simard, Dakota Cutting and Matt Aube of Moriah; Dustin Woodard of Schroon Lake; and Casey Hargett and Eric Morin of Ticonderoga.
They are non-traditional students learning life and job skills at CV-Tec. They take part in job internships in the community along with a job coach. This semester students are working at the Grand Union, Aubuchon’s and Kinney Drugs, all in Elizabethtown.
The Moriah Food Pantry is seeing major cutbacks to its donations and increased number of patrons this year.
Sue Morse, manager of the Moriah food pantry, said last year the pantry purchased up to 50,000 pounds of food with money donated and through grants the pantry has received. This year she worries the funds won’t be coming in from the state to meet the demands of the pantry.