At the time of the request, the pantry’s shelves were quickly depleting and it was uncertain how long they could support families, especially with the approaching Holiday season. Learning about this dire situation, every school in the district took action and planned food drives and fund raisers, such as the Quarter Wars competition at EHS, to help support the district-wide effort.
In total, over 10,300 canned and boxed food items were donated in addition to cash donations allowing the pantry to purchase non-food items, such as laundry detergent and paper supplies. Pam Hurley, Director of the EMA Food Pantry, was overwhelmed by the donations. “It’s the largest amount of donations we have ever received since we’ve been in operation. The outpouring from Edgewood will provide the EMA Food Pantry with enough food to support the needs of our community through summer. We couldn’t be more blessed by the support and generosity of our Edgewood students, families and staff,” said Hurley.