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Continuing efforts to make sure kids and families at Grout School are getting the food they need....

RITA A. LEONARD - From left, in Brooklyn Park, are Steve Bachhuber, Ruth-Ann Tsukuda, Josh Hettrick, Kimberlea Ruffu, and Melaney Dittler. All were involved in the special food-gathering effort for the Grout School food assistance program in the park on November 21st. The last BEE told you of the ongoing "Groceries 4 Grout Elementary" project, in an article by Elizabeth Ussher Groff. The walk-up Grout Food Pantry is open to the public year-'round on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Grout Elementary School, at 3119 S.E. Holgate Boulevard. The program is for families who are short of food. But, during the Holiday Season, the need can be even greater. In the spirit of neighborhood cooperation, and because many of the school's students attend Grout, a committee from the Brooklyn Action Corps neighborhood association held a food drive for the school's pantry at Brooklyn Park on Saturday, November 21. BAC Committee Chair Josh Hettrick and assistants Melaney Dittler and Kimberlea Ruffu spent three hours, collecting bags and boxes of food and supplies from donors, in the park.

The Food Drive also afforded an opportunity for the Brooklyn Action Corps to display the prototype for a Brooklyn Neighborhood "Public Communications Board". The board is currently under consideration for people who don't have online access.


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