Food drive breaks record

BONDVILLE - Each year, between Halloween and Thanksgiving break, the four "houses" of The Mountain School at Winhall - Bromley, Mt. Snow, Stratton and Magic - mount a canned food drive to benefit local food cupboards. This year's record topping number of 457 cans will be split between the Manchester Food Cupboard and the Community Food Cupboard, which serves the towns of Jamaica, Stratton and Wardsboro.

"According to Hunger Free Vermont, hunger has been on the rise in Vermont since 2000," said Daren Houck, MSW Head of School. "The sad truth is that one in five children in Bennington and Windham Counties are food insecure, which means that they are eating foods of lesser quality than most folks and, in the direst circumstances, are uncertain of having enough to eat, regardless of the quality. It's important for our students to know that, and it's important for them to help in a meaningful way."

In conjunction with the food drive, an all-school "loose change" fund-raiser collected approximately $200 that will be donated to relief organizations aiding the victims of Super Storm Sandy.

The Mountain School at Winhall is an accredited Pre-K-8 independent community school in Bondville. For information on the school or its programs, call Daren Houck, Head of School, at 297-2662.


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