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Chenery Delivers Thousands of Food Items to Belmont Food Pantry

Boxes Piled Up in Cafeteria More than 7,000 food items were loaded into U-Haul trucks and delivered by Chenery students and staff to the Belmont Food Pantry during the December annual food drive held by The Chenery School Community Service Club along with LABBB Education Collaborative.

Chenery has been holding the drive for more than 20 years, and this is History Teacher Adam Weldai’s third year running the drive, “It was fantastic this year,” says Weldai.  “This is a very dedicated and community minded group of kids who have really embraced the idea that there is good work in giving back to be done right here at home.”

CMS Community Service Club Members with Teacher Adam Weldai and CMS Principal Kristen St. George The pantry is completely supported by donations from Belmont families, businesses, and non-profits since it opened in 1992.  The all-volunteer staff at the pantry serves approximately 250 families per month, which increases every year with upward spikes during the holiday season, according to Belmont Food Pantry Director Patty Mihelich, “What I receive from the Chenery in December helps us for the next three months and comes just at the right time when people are in need.”

The pantry welcomes donations of pasta; canned food such as fruit, tuna, meals in a can; and toiletry items.  Located behind the Belmont High School, the pantry is open the first and third Saturday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Beginning January 3, the pantry is adding the first Sunday of every month, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Monetary donations can be sent to P.O. Box 291 in Belmont.  See more information on the Belmont Food Pantry website. https://sites.google.com/site/thebelmontfoodpantry/

CMS Community Service Club Members with Teacher Adam Weldai and CMS Principal Kristen St. George  Boxes Piled Up in Cafeteria  Taking boxes from Cafeteria  Boxes in Truck  Techology Teacher Leon Dyer with CMS Student