ICHS food pantry is continuing to grow

HELPING OTHERS — Donations are coming from within the school and the community for Indian Creek High School’s new food pantry. Food and toiletries are available to anyone in need, and the site has quickly expanded since beginning in January. Recent contributors included the high school Key Club and SADD organization as well as the Wintersville Woman’s Club. Shown are, from left, Key Club members Madeline McDonald, Trenton Palmer, Laci Jones, Brayden Casto and Jeffrey Soltis. -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — The food pantry at Indian Creek High School has been in use since January and donations are always needed in order to sustain it.

A room near the school office is now stocked with microwaveable meals and toiletries to help any student in need and Principal Louie Retton said it has been successful.

“Hundreds of students access the pantry daily. We operate solely on donations, so we need donations,” he said.

Retton added that contributions from school organizations such as Key Club and SADD, as well as community groups including the Wintersville Woman’s Club and individuals help keep the pantry going, while help is always needed.

“Many individual teachers, parents, community members, clubs, coaches, and local organizations have donated,” he said. “Sustainability has always been the biggest question to doing this. The first two months have gone great, but until all poverty is eliminated from our area, the need will strongly persist.”

Most recently, the ICHS Key Club raised $200 and purchased macaroni and cheese and Ramen noodles that students can have for lunch at school or take home. Toiletries such as shampoo and soap are also available and Key Club advisor Julie Robinson said all of the students may partake of the items.

“We encourage kids who donate to use it so kids who need it don’t feel singled out. This is for everyone,” Robinson added.

“We do have breakfast, lunch and afterschool meals and there shouldn’t be an issue with kids being hungry, but it is.”

The pantry was formed after students approached Retton about helping their peers.

Food items were gathered and efforts quickly got under way to establish the site.

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