Briella TomassettiSep 20, 2017, 11:10 amSep 21, 2017, 6:22 am

Students, teachers organize food pantry at Merrick school

Food pantry serves about 20 local families on a regular basis

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September is Hunger Action Month and one school district in Nassau County is going above and beyond to help those who are food insecure by organizing a community cupboard.

Karin McMahon and Tiffany Rzempoluch, two teachers from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, came up with the idea about a year and a half ago, and it’s been a huge success ever since.

The food pantry serves about 20 local families, who are all anonymous, in the community on a regular basis and has helped around 30 families in total.But food isn't the only thing on the list. You can find anything from spaghetti to school supplies stacked on the shelves.

The school district hands an inventory sheet to the families who can then check off the items that they need. After that, the bags are packed up tight by student volunteers and faculty members in the district.

The pantry's latest addition, a greenhouse filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, is all in thanks to the help of one special student who applied for an $800 grant.

And donating is easy if you'd like to contribute. All you have to do is call or simply show up at Brookside School on Meadowbrook Road and fill out one of the donation forms.

You can also call the community cupboard hotline at 516-992-1073.

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