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Keeping Students Fed On Holiday Break & Winter Weekends

1/3/2020As the Holiday Recess winds down, a brief story about the community joining together in the generous spirit of the season to help Lansingburgh students and their families.

Shortly before students and teachers headed off for their two-week-long break, Lansingburgh staff member Ms. Moryl made a big pick-up at the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries’ St. Agnes – Menands location for the Knickerbacker Middle School/Lansingburgh High School Food Pantry.

With a long break from school approaching, there was a concern for the students who regularly rely on the KMS/LHS Pantry for food over regular weekends. The Pantry didn’t have enough inventory to assist them for the full two weeks of the Holiday Recess.

Ms. Moryl, along with her longtime friends Lori Biskup, Pam Stumpf (an LHS employee) and Lisa Whitacre, were discussing the growing needs of our students and families. They realized the Pantry often relies on the same sources within the school community but because of those growing needs, it was time to look beyond the traditional sources. 

Ms. Biskup is the Associate Director for Sales at the Albany Diocesan Cemeteries St. Agnes-Menands location and with help from Executive Assistant Lisa DeGroff, volunteered to organize a holiday food drive there for the KMS/LHS students.

By the time the drive ended, enough food was collected to completely stock the pantry shelves and supply KMS/LHS students in need for the full length of the Holiday Recess.   

ADDITIONALLY, Ms. Biskup spread the word of the food drive to WellNest Studios in Latham. WellNest owners, William and Nicole Laznovsky, also organized a food drive through the end of December for Lansingburgh students. When Ms. Moryl picked up their food donations, Mr. & Ms. Laznovsky also donated a check for the Pantry to make further food purchases!  

PLUS, Ms. Whitacre works as the Senior Stylist at the Lemon Tree Salon in Clifton Park which started their own food drive supporting the Pantry! The Lemon Tree drive also ran through December and Ms. Moryl will pick up their collected food in the near future. These two additional food drives now provide solid ground to help feed Lansingburgh students in need beyond the holiday season and further into the winter.