Dr. Stone’s recent appeal from St Mary’s Food Pantry is another sign of the difficult realities we face. Daily, we are being bombarded by problems that are simply beyond our capacity to help. While social distancing is helpful, it is not the same as taking an action when you are confronted by so much need.
The success of the St. Mary’s Food Pantry deserves our full attention at this moment. The Food Pantry is a direct insight into the stresses that our students experience daily. Food security is absolutely a necessary precursor to all that we hope to accomplish with our students. The fact that the food pantry is servicing 200 families a week and growing tells us everything we need to know about the real economic need in our Lakeland community. We may be helpless in the face of so much that is occurring, but we can make a commitment to do what we can to provide food to our families.
The Lakeland Federation of Teachers will be raising funds in an ongoing manner to purchase food donations to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry. Though we may not be able to make a dent in many of the issues we read about in the news, together we can help put food in front of our students each day. There is no doubt this effort will help our students and their families weather this storm. We realize that everyone’s finances are under stress right now, but we ask that you please contribute whatever you can to make a difference in the lives of families who face the greatest challenge any family can face – food insecurity. Our regular contributions to this effort will also help accelerate an end to this crisis and provide people with one less thing to worry about. If every member were to give $50 a month, we would be able to put an extra $25,000 in food on the table of people truly in need.
We seek to sustain this effort while social distancing. Therefore, there are two ways to donate to the food drive. You can Venmo your donation to @RobertTorrieri
(you must use your real name), or you can send a check to:
P.O. Box 593
Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Please make your check out to the Lakeland Federation of Teachers, and write “food relief” in the memo section.
The union movement was built on a commitment to the idea that together we can improve the lives of families and working people. This is exactly the type of action where our collective efforts can make a real and lasting impact in the lives of so many of our children. On behalf of the Lakeland Federation of Teachers, I once again thank you for your commitment and hard work, and any donations you can make to this cause.
President, Lakeland Federation of Teachers