The members of the Lakeland Federation of Teachers have shown their commitment and compassion in so many ways over the years, but the work we are doing with the Community Food Pantry at St Mary’s Mohegan Lake is truly exceptional. Like so many food banks, they are experiencing unprecedented demand. Prior to the pandemic, the food pantry was servicing 85 families a week; now they are servicing more than 400 a week. The families in our community are experiencing food insecurity in unprecedented numbers. Our sustained efforts are critical to ensure that no child in our community goes to bed hungry.
We have been able to provide $2000 a week for each of the last 4 weeks. Thanks to BJs, we have been able to take the food needs identified by the Pantry and efficiently purchase the groceries with minimal contact.
As we approach the end of the school year, it is imperative that we redouble our fundraising efforts to guarantee that we can continue our donations through the summer. As a reminder, we are asking for a contribution of $50 a month or $25 a pay period. 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.
While there is a great deal we cannot control right now, we can make sure no child goes to bed hungry in Lakeland.
I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts that the members of the Lakeland Federation of Teachers have shown in coming together for this drive. Thank you for your commitment to the well-being of our school community.
President, Lakeland Federation of Teachers