Before delivering the canned and boxed donations that they collected for the Interfaith Food Pantry Network, MBS 8th Graders built creative structures with the items as part of a ‘canstruction’ event. They also lined up all of the donated cereal boxes before toppling them like dominoes.
Afterwards, Ms. Rose, Mrs. Alders, and Mrs. Borowsky took all of the food to the Interfaith Food Pantry Network (IFPN) in Morris Plains. In all, the class collected more than 500 pounds of food!
“Morristown-Beard School has been a great partner of the Interfaith Food Pantry Network through the years,” said IFPN Education Coordinator Kiley Powell. “Your ongoing service and generosity are huge for us.”
Community service is a cornerstone of the Morristown-Beard School educational experience, and helps MBS students gain personal satisfaction and self-confidence on their journey to becoming productive and responsible citizens.
Although the students won’t be able to visit the IFPN in Morris Plains due to COVID restrictions, Ms. Powell spoke to the students in March and gave them a virtual tour of the facility and an overview of the work that is done there. She explained that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the food pantry during the past year, as they’ve seen a 24 percent increase in the number of households served.
“Especially now, the individuals we serve are your neighbors,” said Ms. Powell. “There are a lot of people who have gone through some tough times as a result of the pandemic.”
Last year alone, the IFPN donated more than 1.5 million pounds of food to people in need throughout Morris County. To learn more about the Interfaith Food Pantry Network, visit http://mcifp.org.