The Mohonasen Food Pantry supports families year-round

The Mohonasen Food Pantry, run by social worker Diane Blinn and social studies teacher Autumn Wallace, continued to work hard this summer to support around 35 district families. With the help of student volunteers, the women prepared food boxes each week for families with donations from Hannaford and the Regional Food Bank.

Staff prepare the food boxes
Erica Miller/ Capital Region BOCES Photographer

During the school year, over 40 families benefit from the pantry in addition to the Mohonasen High School Food Pantry’s backpack program. The program starts in September and supports up to 50 high school students a week to ensure they have food for dinner and on the weekends.

“The Regional Food Bank’s backpack program stops after grade 8 so we took matters into our own hands at the high school, said Blinn. “Students are growing, changing, playing sports, and need a proper diet now more than ever. Access to proper nutrition is key to keeping our students healthy.”

Staff prepare the food boxes
Blinn fills a family’s food box.

The pantry is prepared to support any of the new families entering the district this year if they need it. “We’re ready and excited to go,” said Blinn. “The backpacks are already packed to go out on September 7.” 

The Mohonasen Food Pantry was recently featured in a Channel 6 spotlight which you can find here.

How can I help?

Members of the Mohonasen community can make direct donations to the Regional Food Bank Backpack Program, which is geared to K-8 students, or the Mohonasen High School Food Pantry, which helps students in grades 9-12.

Volunteers Ethan Higgins, 16 of Scotia (right), and brother Riley, 14, help sort for upcoming student backpack program.

Food for the families