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Boardman Lions cook up smorgasbord of food pantry options at BCIS

March 6, 2019
The Town Crier

In November of 2016, Boardman Center Intermediate opened the first daily school food pantry in the Valley. Since then, hundreds of students and their families have seen the benefits as it helped them put dinner on the table.

The Boardman Lions Club is active at BCIS, helping to stock and organize pantry shelves. Recently, nearly a dozen volunteers visited with crockpots full of tasty meals prepared solely from items stocked in the school food pantry.

The smorgasbord included a wide variety to sample: including soups, pancakes, green bean casserole, sausage gravy, Spanish rice, and sweet potatoes.

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Boardman Lions Club volunteers Judith Young, Sandra Janis and Laura Ahlswede get ready to dish out sweet potatoes, baked beans, and a noodle casserole for students to taste.

"Some of the kids never tasted a baked bean, or didn't know they liked sweet potatoes," said Gail Green. "This is a great way for them to learn all the healthy things you can prepare at home."

"It's important to show the students how to use the staples in the pantry to create nutritious and tasty meals at home," said school counselor Mindy DePietro. "We are grateful to the lions for spending the day with us, and for all they do for BCIS all year long!"



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