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PIE students collect canned goods for Food Pantry

January 16, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Thursday, students at Pine Island Elementary School presented Dave Grueser, president of Pine Island Food Pantry, with 932 canned foods for the pantry.

"I'm always grateful for all the hard work the students and teachers put into helping the Pine Island Food Pantry," Grueser said. "And I can tell you, all of us at the Food Pantry appreciate everything Pine Island Elementary does for us.."

Supplies at the food pantry sometimes run low and it's frequently at the times when the need is greatest.

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Pine Island Elementary 5th Grade students with Tina Garris, Exceptional Student Education teacher, center rear.


"The demand is always increasing and this is like a gift from heaven," Grueser said. "I can tell you that the need is greater now than it was just a few months ago."

Grueser reported that the total weight of the donation was 726 pounds.

There were several classes that participated in the collection. Mrs. Dooley's 4th grade class won 1st Place in collections and Mrs. Acosta 2nd place.

"Although we had a few obstacles this year, everyone worked very hard accomplish this," Exceptional Student Education teacher Tina Garris said. "I'm always very proud of our students and our school."

The food pantry is housed in the Life Center of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church on Stringfellow Road in Bokeelia. The pantry, an equal opportunity organization, serves residents of Pine Island and Matlacha. The Food Pantry is open Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and closed on holidays.

Nonperishable food can be dropped off at the following locations: Winn-Dixie, V.F.W., American Legion, Moose, Stonegate Bank and the Matlacha Post Office. Donations can be mailed to Pine Island Food Pantry, 12175 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922. For inquiries, call 239-443-6561 and leave a message.



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