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Action ensures students have food for the weekend

Photo submitted to Times Observer Beaty-Warren Middle School student volunteers pack food provided by Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to students. Due to quarantines at Second Harvest, the district had to improvise and handle many aspects of the distribution for the last week in September.
Photo submitted to Times Observer A Beaty-Warren Middle School student volunteer stocks the shelves at the school’s food pantry. The school had additional work in store when quarantines of Second Harvest Food Bank personnel endangered a distribution.

When the food bank’s distribution program was delayed by quarantines, local effort took over.

“Our building’s special education program has worked with the guidance department, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Erie City Mission to solve a major problem,” Beaty-Warren Middle School Life Skills Support Teacher Shawn Bedow said. “The Second Harvest Food Bank Warehouse was quarantined this week due to the pandemic,” and therefore would have left many of the students in our district without their typical food distribution on Friday afternoon.”

With the help of the BWMS Guidance Department, BWMS Special Education Department, and Andy Kerr, Chaplain of the Erie City Mission, we were able to solve this problem by providing over 200 bags of healthy food, condiments, hygiene products, and snacks with plenty of food left over.”

“This is a huge accomplishment by everyone involved and great news during difficult times in public education,” Bedow said. “I just want people to be recognized for their coordination, communication, donations of time money and resources, and dedication to their community.”

“I’m really proud of our team, our students, my wife and kids last night for helping load the truck, and our regional community for making this happen,” he said.

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