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Bedford Teachers Playing Volleyball To Fight Local Hunger

The Bedford Teachers Association, which is the union representing teachers in the Bedford Central School District, is raising money for the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Bedford Teachers Association, which is the union representing teachers in the Bedford Central School District, is raising money for the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry. Photo Credit: contributed

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford Central School District teachers will be competing in volleyball on March 3, to benefit the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.

The event will also collect donations for the Pantry. The Pantry is currently requesting rice, beans, cereal and pasta -- and cash donations are also encouraged: for every $1 donated, the Pantry can buy $4 worth of groceries.

"Members of the Bedford Teachers Association don't only teach math, science, English and other academic subjects," the event flyer notes. "As strong role models, these dedicated men and women also teach students the valuable lesson of supporting their neighbors."

"Bedford teachers see firsthand the difference the Mount Kisco Food Pantry makes in the lives and in the academic success of children, and we are proud to continue our support of this outstanding organization," said Michael Groake, BTA union president.

The BTA has hosted a food drive for the Pantry for many years, encouraging their students' participation. Last year, these efforts raised over $5,000 and nearly 4,000 pounds of food. This year, the food drive began on Feb. 22 and will run until March 17. This is the fourth year of a teachers volleyball benefit game.

"We're so grateful to the Bedford Teacher's Association for its ongoing support," said Pantry Board President Robert Cummings. "After the holidays, our donations tend to drop off, but the families we serve still need the Pantry's help to make ends meet. These events are perfectly timed and especially appreciated."

The event begins at 6 p.m., in the Fox Lane High School gym.

The Pantry is a community-based nonprofit run almost entirely by volunteers. The Pantry serves 32,000 people annually -- roughly 270 families a week -- providing healthy food choices for four days' worth of complete meals. In addition to food distributions, the Pantry also offers clients a broad range of nutrition education and preventive health services. For more info, visit the organization's website.

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