BELFAST — The fifth grade class at East Belfast Elementary School, along with their teacher, Mrs. Erin Ireland and the rest of the school, kicked off their annual Belfast Food Cupboard Drive on Friday, Nov. 30.
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, the class was 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 the coming weeks, the students will learn more about hunger in the Belfast area, food insecurity, and how they and others can help bring relief for some of the Maine families that don’t get enough to eat. They will learn about organizations like the GBAM Food Cupboard, located in Belfast United Methodist Church on Mill Lane, and other local food pantries, in addition to other local groups that work to battle hunger.
Now until Dec. 21st, Students will collect non-perishable food items and money donations until Friday, Dec. 21, 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. Donations of costume jewelry, clean toys, mugs, cards, puzzles, or whatever you think might appeal to young shoppers, except clothing, will be appreciated and may be dropped off at the school until Friday, Dec. 14. The proceeds from the bazaar and all their collections will go to the Food Cupboard. Donations of food and money also will be accepted. East Belfast Elementary is located at 14 Swan Lake Ave. For information, call the school office at 338-4420.