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Oneida faculty aids Karing Kitchen

Charles Pritchard
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Posted 12/11/20

ONEIDA — With the annual Oneida High School student council’s canned food drive stalled by the coronavirus, district faculty stepped in and stepped up to do what they could to help the Karing …

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Oneida faculty aids Karing Kitchen

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ONEIDA — With the annual Oneida High School student council’s canned food drive stalled by the coronavirus, district faculty stepped in and stepped up to do what they could to help the Karing Kitchen aid area families in need.

Special education teacher and student council adviser Chris Meeker said it’s been a tradition at Oneida High School for the council to collect canned food for Karing Kitchen, collecting on average around 1,500 cans.

With all the restrictions due to COVID-19 and many students attending virtually, Meeker said he and fellow adviser, Shane Collins, decided to switch things up. “This year, we decided to ask the staff to donate,” Meeker said. “And then we talked amongst the student council members and how they can donate directly to Karing Kitchen.”

Karing Kitchen provides food throughout the year to families in need in the greater Oneida area. Donations help local families during the holiday season.

To sweeten the pot for district faculty, the tradition of rewarding the most generous group has been continued. In previous drives, the winning class was provided with breakfast before winter break. This year, cookies of all kind — courtesy of Hipstir Cafe — were awarded to the faculty of the building with the largest donation. A total of $1,916 was raised and donated to Karing Kitchen with the faculty of Durhamville Elementary School raising the most.

Meeker said this kind of help for the community is needed, especially during COVID-19.

“Even though it’s stopped our school year, there are people who rely on donations like these to get through the holiday season,” Meeker said. “[The student council] wanted to help the families in need, even if we couldn’t do our typical drive. We didn’t want to see anyone go without this holiday season.”

For more information about Karing Kitchen or how to donate, visit http://www.karingkitchen.org/.

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