As the Central High School District’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard, expands in both size and service volunteerism remains a key factor in its continued success. That’s where Calhoun High School’s newly formed group, the Cluboard comes in.
Club adviser and Assistant Principal Mark Melkonian (left) along with several members of the Calhoun Cluboard at a recent meeting
Sophomore Dahlia Frier, a longtime member of the student ambassador program, said she saw a decline in donations which motivated her to create the club.
“This was a way for us to get involved in our community and come together,” she added.
(Read Your NewsMag’s December issue on the Community Cupboard: http://yournewsmag.com/2017/12/27/school-food-pantry-reaches-out-to-keep-families-whole/ )
The group has hosted a food drive, volunteered and promoted the pantry’s existence and available opportunities. Other fundraising opportunities are in the works, such as the upcoming March 19 dine out at Burgrito’s on Merrick Avenue in Merrick.
“Fifty percent of purchases between 4-9 p.m. will be donated to the Community Cupboard,” added sophomore club member Sarah Multer.
“This is an ideal way for our students to support the community and promote civic action for these young leaders,” said club adviser and Assistant Principal Mark Melkonian. “We really wanted this to be a way for students to be able to have a direct impact on their community.”
Serving more than 40 families on a bi-weekly basis, Dahlia said she is grateful people have an approachable place where they can feel comfortable getting necessary items for their families.
Anyone interested in donating pantry, hygiene, baby or pet items, organizing the pantry or making deliveries to drop off sites can call 992-1073.
Photo courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District