Despite the closure of school and the cancellation of related events, the Chatham High Key Club will still be holding a food drive to benefit Norwescap Food Bank. It is the hope of the Key Club, that in lieu of the meal packing effort, they can do something else to battle food insecurity and serve as a capstone to the service year.
Chatham High School will serve as a nonperishable food drive drop spot, running from May 24th through June 5th. Bins will be placed outside of the main entrance to the high school and will be picked up and distributed by Norwescap Food Bank at the culmination of the drive.
Norwescap has indicated that the items that are most needed include cereal, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce (plastic jar/cans only) and soup. Key Club invites anyone in the community to contribute if they are able. All donations are greatly appreciated! Social distancing will be practiced.
Unfortunately, the Key Club's 4th annual Outreach meal packing event was postponed until next year. The immediate past President, Will O’Neill, is a graduating senior who put countless hours towards this culminating event. He led the club, along with incoming President (immediate past Vice President) Owen Truppo, to raise over $13,000 toward the event, at which they expected to pack nearly 50,000 meals to feed local people in need.
"Will's commitment to Key Club has been remarkable and his service and leadership will be missed," Kiera Spadaro, advisor to the Key Club, said. "We are all disappointed that the culminating event of our service year and Will's time as a member of Key Club is not going to happen as planned. We hope to use the postponement to our advantage to continue fundraising and potentially hold our largest event ever in the future.
"We will definitely aim to reschedule the event at a time when Will is home from college so that he can see all of his hard work come to fruition."