St. Michaels Middle High Students Conduct CarePacks Food Drive


St. Michaels Middle High School’s Students Helping Other People (SHOP)/Interact Club teamed up with the Maryland Food Bank to collect food for local school food pantries and CarePacks.  The SHOP students organized this year’s event, an annual project for the club.  The food drive began on Tuesday, October 9 and ended on Friday, October 26th.

The SHOP students organized a competition for middle and high school to see which class could collect the most food items.  “The students were very excited about this project, as they know we have a lot of families in our community who are in need of food,” said Ms. Gia Ritsvey, St. Michaels Middle High School Science Teacher and Facilitator for the clubs.  “It’s wonderful to see them prepare for the start of holiday season by doing something meaningful for others.”

The CarePacks mission is to prevent weekend hunger among Talbot County’s most economically vulnerable students.  They currently serve more than 300 students throughout the county, providing bags of food that contain 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 snacks and 2 fruits (enough to tide kids over for the weekend), as well as grab and go meals and snacks.

CarePacks relies on volunteers who collect donations, purchase food, fill packs, and deliver the packs to the schools.  The program also receives support from donors who provide financial contributions and/or in-kind services.  “We’re extremely grateful for the support of the SHOP kids,” said Emily Moody. “Their food donation helps offset costs and allows us to serve more students.”

CarePacks is a partner of the Maryland Food Bank, and is the designated school pantry site for Talbot County. Through the Food Bank, they are able to access a wide range of foods at little to no cost. If you would like to support CarePacks as a volunteer or donor, please contact Emily Moody or Megan Cook at or by calling (410)822-0550.

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