Food pantry experience teaches life lessons, helps local senior citizens
Freshmen in Mr. Chris Legg’s social studies class in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES are helping feed senior citizens in the Skaneateles community. Once a month, beginning now through April 2017, Mr. Legg will bring a group of four students to the Skaneateles Ecumencial Food Pantry to put together baskets of food for seniors in need.
“We’re helping to fill a volunteer void while Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club snowbirds are in Florida,” said Mr. Legg.
During their recent one-hour timeslot at the food pantry, Mr. Legg and four freshmen packaged 27 boxes of food that were delivered to two senior citizen housing locations in Skaneateles. Each container provided a three-day emergency supply of food for seniors in need.
“This is a great opportunity for students to work cooperatively to help a community service project,” said Mr. Legg. “It takes teamwork to read the list of needed food, locate the items on the shelves, and then pack them into the bags and boxes."
Mr. Legg plans to bring a group of students to volunteer at the food pantry through early spring.