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George J. Mitchell School Receives Gift from Care & Comfort and Our Waterville Team


Care & Comfort and members of our Waterville Administrative Team recently presented a Jeans Fund gift to the George J. Mitchell Elementary School''s Food Pantry.  The Pantry gained attention nationwide four years ago when shortly after it was created 2-second graders, Alice Willette and Gabbie St. Peter, raised thousands of dollars and hundreds of food items for it instead of receiving birthday gifts.

Allan Martin, GJM School’s Principal, spoke with those gathered to present the gift and shared why ongoing community partnerships are so important to enable them to continue efficiently and effectively reach families needing access to healthy, nutritious food.   Nearly 80% of the children enrolled at the school are eligible for free or reduced fee lunches ~ that is almost 8 out of every 10 students, a staggering number.  These children are at risk for hunger on weekends and other times of the year when school meals are not available. The Pantry helps ease this risk and consequences that often result from food insecurity; low academic performance, inappropriate behavior, low self-esteem, and future health problems.

“Each time I think of Gabbie and Alice, I think of the song lyrics ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way.’  Thanks to real life lessons learned from their parents and the staff of the George Mitchell School, they led the way in creating a place where their peers facing food insecurity could receive help.” said Mike Stair, Care & Comfort’s COO.  "When our administrative team chose the GJM Food Bank as their gift recipients they not only wanted to help stock the shelves, but express gratitude to all who have been, and will be, its supporters. We have no doubt the legacy of these young ladies will live on for as long as there is a need; as shown by our employees, the Waterville area is certainly a community of caring and sharing."

The food pantry is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 - 3:30 for families of Mitchell School students.  For more information, visit gjms.aos92.org or contact the school.


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