and toiletries needed
Prairie Junior/Senior High will be conducting a food and toiletries drive for the Cottonwood food bank, which is run by St. Mary’s Hospital. Food and toiletries will be collected the week of May 6th. You can deliver your donations to Riener’s Grocery, Cottonwood Foods, or Prairie Junior/Senior High. This food and toiletries drive is part of a GEAR UP service learning project. Students in Krystal Ellis’ pre-Algebra classes will be learning about math while they are collecting items. They will measure and graph the food and toiletries they collect and use the project as a “hands on” math experience.
Zara Hasselstrom, the manager of the Cottonwood food bank, indicated that they are especially in need of unopened toiletries. Items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, soap, and deodorant and laundry detergent are always in demand. She suggested the dollar store as a good place to pick up these items at a great price.
Of course, nonperishable food is always in need, also. Healthy foods are preferred, and all items must be unopened. Protein is great in the form of peanut butter, dried or canned beans, chili, stew, tuna, or other canned meats. They also accept canned fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable milk (canned or dried), and crackers, cereals, oatmeal, pasta or rice.
Spring and summer is a time when the food bank’s shelves begin to look bare. We all give around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the need is there 12 months of the year. Imagine how full their shelves would be, if we all gave even just one or two items? Every item helps! Contact Loretta Poxleitner at Prairie Junior/Senior High with any questions.