Students learn to stretch their dollars while assisting needy
The Life Skills Advanced Placement class at Kennett High School recently spent $95 to buy 291 pounds of food for the Chester County Food Bank.
The class was one of 12 from schools and organizations across Chester and Delaware Counties that participated in the third Food Check-Out. Organized by Susan Rzucidlo for the Chester Delaware County Farm Bureau (CDCFB) over the last few weeks, the effort was recognized by the county commissioners at a special ceremony on Wednesday.
The challenge was for schools to use $100, provided by the Farm Bureau, to purchase the most nutritious food needed by the Food Bank and its local food cupboards by using best buys, coupons and special offers. A Girl Scout group in Delaware was able to purchase $182 worth of food with the $100 donation.
Kennett teachers Susan Larson and Rachel Ceci said their students “used the ChooseMyPlate.gov website, read food nutrition labels, and tried to follow budget and meal plans. We didn’t use a lot of coupons as they were not always for healthy food.”
The Chester County commissioners applauded the initiative. Commissioner Kathi Cozzone said she “would like to see the number of students participating next year quadrupled so that they get experience of household finances and the value of buying nutritious food.” Commissioners’ Chairman Terence Farrell said it was “great to see children learning the gift of giving,” and Commissioner Ryan Costello confirmed the great value agriculture is to the county economy, reiterating a commitment to “preserving farmland as land is lost when development takes place.”
Phoebe Kitson, program manager for the Chester County Food Bank, thanked all the participants for helping stock the shelves of the local food cupboards. The Food Bank services 32 food cupboards in the county to assist over 70,000 residents. “The cupboards are desperate for food to provide for the increasing number of people in need,” Kitson said. “Programs like this help raise awareness and provide the students with helpful lifelong skills.”
The Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization that works to advance the interests of agriculture and rural communities by working with policy makers at state and federal levels. At the local county level, it carries out programs such as Food Check-Out and Harvest for All to provide food to the hungry and several education programs on food and farming for youth and teachers.