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Kiwanis receive food pantry supplies from MPS schools

Prairie View Elementary 4th Grade Student Council poses with Mustang Kiwanis Club members and Silver Star Construction workers during the pickup of food from the school. (Photo by Jacob Sturm)

By Jacob Sturm
news@mustangpaper.com

After a week-long extension from multiple Mustang Public Schools, the Mustang Kiwanis Club
got an opportunity to pick up additional food and supplies for the Kiwanis Food Pantry through
the school food drives.

Luke Ellis, a member of the Mustang Kiwanis Club, mentioned Mustang Public Schools held
drives during friendship week. The food collected by the Kiwanis Club from the schools is part
of the food harvest, which has typically occurred before thanksgiving for many of Mustang’s
schools.

This year, MPS staggered their donations to be at different days and times of the year, with
Feb. 20 being a pickup day at three Mustang Schools.

“It lasts us most of the year,” Ellis said. “We add stuff to it. We add a lot of stuff to it like
pancake syrup, pancake batter, peanut butter and jelly. Those things we typically add to it, and
it comes up to a little bit of money.”

The club distributes the food to people in need when the pantry is opened to the community
following the Kiwanis Club meetings on Saturday mornings. The club members will also plan to
meet people up at the pantry in times of emergency to provide food and prevent people in
need from going hungry.

The food pantry is also what Kiwanis refers to as a signature project, which helps keep
membership involved and draws notoriety from many areas with Kiwanis clubs.

Ellis said many schools in Mustang’s school district participate in the food drives, with Ellis
saying mainly Middle Schools, Intermediate Schools and Elementary Schools making time to
participate.

“It’s really good because we talk to other Kiwanis clubs, and they are envious that we have that
kind of cooperation with the Mustang Public Schools system,” Ellis said. “… You got to have the
schools really cooperate for that, and drive it (like Mustang has done).”

He said the size of the food generated through MPS is hard to anticipate, but has been growing
in recent years.

The City of Mustang is also a part of the project, with Silver Star (the city’s maintenance crew)
helping with the pickup through the coordination of City Manager Tim Rooney.

The food drive has been a consistent occurrence in Mustang, and remains one of the ways
Mustang’s community can give back and remain involved for a good cause.

Tuna Dobbins helps Mustang Kiwanis Club with sorting items collected for food pantry on Tuesday, Feb. 20. (Photo by Jacob Sturm)

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