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Hartwood Elementary students provide 5,000 meals with food drive

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:03 p.m.
Julie Mikus, program director for Network of Hope, with Hartwood Elementary teacher Heather Flynn and instructional assistant Rosanne Wiest.
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Julie Mikus, program director for Network of Hope, with Hartwood Elementary teacher Heather Flynn and instructional assistant Rosanne Wiest.
Hartwood Elementary School students learn about food insecurity during a presentation from the Network of Hope Food Bank in Allison Park.
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Hartwood Elementary School students learn about food insecurity during a presentation from the Network of Hope Food Bank in Allison Park.

Hartwood Elementary School students collected enough food and money during a February food drive to provide nearly 5,000 meals to the hungry.

The school community worked with Network of Hope Food Bank in Allison Park to collect paper towels, peanut butter and canned soup, and teachers donated $990.

“Our students collected a plentiful amount of food and paper products,” Principal Rachel Fischbaugh said.

Students learned the value of being a supportive community and the importance of contribution, Fischbaugh said.

Julie Mikus, program director for Network of Hope, said her program served 5,292 people last year through its Hampton location at Allison Park Church.

With help from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Network of Hope distributes food twice a month.

“Anytime we can have children engaged with the problem of food insecurity, it is a big success,” Mikus said. “We have found working with school districts like Fox Chapel Area that kids want to make a difference and help their community. Their hearts are wide open to help.”

Network of Hope also has a program in Deer Lakes. Its mission is to promote change in the lives of people with hardship through employment coaching and support groups.

For more, visit networkofhope.org.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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