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Stop & Shop helps P.S. 45Q open food pantry in Ozone Park
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Supermarket chain Stop & Shop has
donated $15,000 in gift cards to P.S. 45Q
Clarence E. Witherspoon School in Ozone
Park so that the school can open an inschool
food pantry to meet the needs of
330 3-K to fi ft h-grade students.
Devin McBarnette, coordinator of students
in temporary housing, which is
defi ned as students experiencing housing
instability at any point, for any length
of time, during the school year, said the
school community is “most appreciative
of Stop & Shop’s generosity and support.”
“Th e CWS Community Food Pantry
will allow us to provide nutritious and
balanced meals to our underserved population,
while opening a pathway to
increase parents and family engagement,”
P.S. 45Q, located at 126-28 150th St.
in South Ozone Park, is a Title 1 school,
which means it has a high percentage of
children from low-income households.
According to McBarnette, more than
50 students live in area shelters or are in
households that are doubled up, which
means they and their family live in the
homes of extended families or friends.
Th e Stop & Shop School Food Pantry
The in-school pantry at P.S. 45Q in Ozone Park will provide balanced nutritious meals to students and their families.
Program was established in 2019 to help
limit barriers impacting students’ ability to
succeed in the classroom by making sure
that they have consistent access to food.
Stop & Shop supports local schools’
existing food pantries or helps schools
establish new pantries by providing gift
card donations to help stock their shelves.
“Th is in-school pantry will ensure
that families at P.S.45Q will have access
to nutritious meals and necessary protein
options,” said Stefani Shuman,
Stop & Shop communications manager.
“Students cannot learn when they are
hungry, and we are proud to support Mr.
McBarnette and the school to ensure students
are fueled for success.”
Benefi ciaries of the food pantry will be
able to pick up groceries every two weeks.
Th e pantry will provide proteins, such as
chicken and ground beef with side dishes
including spaghetti, macaroni, rice, string
Photo courtesy of Stop & Shop
beans and other vegetables. Th e school’s
goal is to serve 100 families a month.
Stop & Shop currently supports more
than 50 school food pantries across its
fi ve-state footprint.
In Queens, there is an in-school food
pantry at P.S. 105 Th e Bay School in Far
Rockaway. Th e Business Technology Early
College High School (BTECH) in Queens
Village will be opening its food pantry
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