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Community Foundation grant helps school food drive go farther - May 3 2013

OSHKOSH, WI -- About 20 students from ALPs Charter School delivered nearly a half-ton of help to Father Carr's Place 2B on Wednesday after a successful food drive that rallied the support of students at Merrill Middle and Elementary schools.

"It's exciting to see the kids doing this because this is how Father Carr's got started all those years ago, with Father Carr and local youth going door-to-door, collecting food for the poor," says Joe Geniesse, executive director.

Photo caption: Some of the seventh- and eighth-grade students from ALPs Charter School who collected 962 pounds of food during an April campaign deliver the food to Father Carr's Place 2B in Oshkosh.

See more photos: Click here to see a photo gallery on our Facebook page from when students delivered the food they collected to Father Carr's Place to be.

"Those youth now are probably the age of these kids' parents and have grown up to be doctors, lawyers, and in other professions in the community. To see these kids doing this today means they'll be successful in their futures, too, and hopefully become caring, community-minded people."

The seventh- and eighth-grade ALPs Charter School students conducted the food drive at the elementary and middle schools during the last two weeks of April. They collected a total of 962 pounds of food. Their success in collecting more than 500 pounds of food means the project also will benefit from a $500 match grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation grant, which is one of six Community Impact grants awarded to local nonprofits this spring, will be used to purchase food from Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization that provides food pantries with grocery store products at a discounted rate of 19 cents per pound. Geniesse was pleased to tell the students Wednesday that thanks to the grant, the value of their gift to Father Carr's will grow by $3,000, in addition to retail value of the food they collected, which students researched and calculated at $4,064.

Teacher Laura Wolff, who applied for the grant, says the schools' teachers incorporated the project into math and science lessons in April. Each class competed to collect the most items by weight with the incentive of an ice cream party to two winning classes. Wolff's class, which collected 299 pounds of food, and Julie Anderson's kindergarten class, which collected 87 pounds, were the winning classes.

Wolff says the project allowed students to develop a variety of skills, including math, science, research and marketing.

"We do community service projects every year, and a couple of my students served food at Father Carr's over Christmas and thought this would be a good thing to do," says Wolff. "It was easy to get the kids behind it. ? The students presented the project to each class and created flyers. They really did a great job. They're quite the little salesmen."

Father Carr's Place 2B is a nonprofit, religious organization dedicated to caring for the needs of others. Facilities located on N. Koeller St. include homeless shelters, a free clinic, dining rooms and food bank, a religious retreat and welcome center. The food bank provides grocery goods to 160 families each week, as well as two meals daily to residents of the homeless shelters.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.



 

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