December 14, 2017
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Fifth-graders collect more than 1,000 pounds of food for local pantry

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LEWISTON, Maine — Saint Dominic Academy’s perennial commitment to serving the community by positively affecting the lives of people in need was on full display in recent months as the fifth-grade class at the school organized a major food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Pantry on 208 Bates St. in Lewiston.

“The students challenged their peers to donate non-perishable food items from their own pantries and place them in designated receptacles at the school,” said Donald Bilodeau, Assistant Principal at Saint Dominic Academy, in a press release. “The fifth graders also held a Halloween dance to help reach their goal of 1,000 total pounds of food collected.”

At the end of the community service project, the students loaded a school bus with the collected food and delivered the items to the pantry where the class was assigned tasks such as weighing and sorting the items. To the surprise and delight of the students, they discovered that they had eclipsed their goal with a total of 1,037 pounds of food.

“Certainly, the fifth-graders at St. Dom’s have learned this holiday season that giving truly is receiving,” said Bilodeau..

As the largest food pantry in New England, St. Mary’s Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that has served greater Androscoggin County for more than 20 years. The pantry provides emergency food assistance, nutritional cooking classes and other educational opportunities that allow clients to stretch their food dollars.

For more information or to make a donation to St. Mary’s Food Pantry, call Joyce Gagnon Monday through Friday between 8 and 11 a.m. at 513-3841.