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Cookie Sales Yields Gift to Downtown Food Pantry

School NewsGreg Higgins
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The Baker’s group from Everett Elementary recently visited the Downtown Food Pantry to make a contribution to the food store.  While there Director Chuck Burton gave them a tour of the store and an account of the process once a customer enters the door seeking food assistance.

The second and third graders have been baking cookies during their Genius Hour at school and selling the confections with a desire to make enough to donate to an organization that could help others.  Over five hundred cookies later and holding a money bag consisting mainly of quarters, the Baker’s group gave Burton $131 for the Food Pantry.

Making the presentation to Burton, beginning front row left, are Manuel Ellis, Jordyn Dean, Addison Cooper, Evelyn Birdsong, Audrey Del Toro, and Brooklyn McEntyre; middle row, Kyler Yeo, Alexis Daniels, Cadence Sanderson, Olivia Thomas, Georgia Johnson, and Devyn Ballard; and facilitators JoNel Eads, Kristin Hodges, and Jeri Kilcrease.  Not pictured is student Lauren Fettke.

According to Burton, the USDA calculates a meal at 1.2 pounds which allows the Downtown Food Pantry to provide a meal for fifteen cents.  The money used from the Baker’s group will provide 873 meals.