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Student Senate continues efforts to address food insecurity

Filed in District, Student Spotlight by on April 5, 2019

If you happened to stop by a Stewart’s Shop during the holiday season and donated the change from your morning coffee, you’ll be happy to know some of that money is being used to help reduce food insecurity in the BC community.

The Stewart’s Holiday Match program is a holiday collection where each donation made is matched by Stewart’s Shops and donated back to the community. In 2018, the program raised more than $2 million from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. All of that money is going back to help local children’s charities and that includes our very own BC Backpack Program!

The Bethlehem Central High School Student Senate received a donation of $750 from Stewart’s that will go to purchasing and stocking inventory for the program that provides supplemental foods for dozens of students.

The program, which began in 2017, supplements food resources for the students when school is not in session, focusing on weekends, holidays and school breaks. Backpacks are filled by members of the Student Senate every Friday (and before breaks) and contain nonperishable, individually-portioned nutritious foods.

With the help of the recent donation from the Holiday Match program, the students were able to expand the program to include fruits and vegetables.

“We love that we were able to use the donation to go towards healthy, fresh options,” said Student Senate member Annie Krege.

Research has shown that students who are not hungry attend school more regularly, have improved academic achievement, and have fewer disciplinary issues at school.

Members of the Student Senate rely on community support for their efforts to succeed. Community members can help by sharing information about this ongoing program and by making donations.

If you have any questions regarding the BC Backpack Program or about donating, please contact BCHS Student Senate Advisor A.G. Irons at airons@bethlehemschools.org or at 518-439-4921.

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