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Pines students and staff help food pantry with Thanksgiving groceriesSubmitted: 11/11/2013
Story By Lex Gray

Pines students and staff help food pantry with Thanksgiving groceries
EAGLE RIVER - Every fall, the Vilas Food Pantry sees more families come in for help. Every fall, the Northland Pines School District helps the pantry and those families.

Pines teachers delivered 275 grocery bags to the food pantry today. Each of the bags had all of the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner inside. The food pantry will give each family a voucher to buy turkey or other meat.

Students, teachers, and other organizations donate to fill the bags.

"It is a great help. This community - what they do for us, you can't beat what the community does," said food pantry director Richard Short. "I mean, everybody - personal, service clubs, grocery stores, churches, service organizations - they're all such a great help to us."

The district asks every class to put one bag together. Many classes donate more than one bag, even though teachers know some of their own students will probably have to visit the food pantry for help.

"I think it brings them together, and we stress that we take care of each other," said Jackie Coghlan, the principal of Northland Pines Middle School. "You take care of each other in the classroom, in your homeroom, and that we need to take care of the community, and I think that they buy into that."

If any bags are left after Thanksgiving, they'll be used at Christmas.

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