Howland, Lakeview collect for needy

BAZETTA – Students from Howland and Lakeview school districts teamed up with Thomas Shortreed and Associates Ameriprise Financial for the National Day of Service recently by collecting food items to feed families in the Mahoning Valley.

Last week, the two school districts spent time placing boxes of canned goods and non-perishables on school buses with items to be given to local food pantries in Cortland and Howland.

Lindsay Wolf of Ameriprise Financial Shortreed and Associates said the agency selected Second Harvest’s mobile pantry and backpack program in Trumbull County to benefit from their collection.

Wolf said Shortreed and Associates challenged their clients to donate $3,000 for the mobile pantry and $2,500 for the backpack program. Thomas Shortreed and Associates matched the collections clients donated up to $2,500.

Howland High School and the Lakeview School District collected non-perishable items to donate to the food bank member agencies of Howland Community Church and Bolindale Church food pantries and Cortland Area Cares.

A group of clients and staff from Thomas Shortreed and Associates volunteered their time at Second Harvest Food Bank and others assisted at Second Harvest stocking the food items collected.

Second Harvest Food Bank provides food to those in need in the tri-county area through 148 programs provided by hunger-relief organizations.

Jamie Brown, a teacher at Lakeview Middle School, said students at Lakeview’s three schools collected more than $2,000 worth of items, filling a school bus.

Brown, along with Angela Sarko, high school coordinator, and Margie Petrunia, elementary school coordinator, spent two weeks in October and November collecting items by holding different fundraising efforts, such as collecting canned goods during trick-or-treat.

Howland schools also collected items and placed them on a school bus Thursday. The items were delivered to the Howland pantries Friday.