Boardman Center Intermediate's school food pantry received an amazing boost right before the Thanksgiving holiday, thanks to a generous partnership with the United Way and Sweeney Chevrolet! United Way extended the 'Care Closet Campaign' to BCIS--now the 5th school in the Valley that benefits from this partnership, thanks to Sweeney's contribution.
"United Way, with Sweeney's support has been a lifechanger here for us at BCIS," said school counselor Mindy DePietro. "we're always trying to think, how are we going to get food--we've had donations in the past, and we do a huge school food drive in October and we had over 4 thousand items they brought in, but we go through the food quickly."
BCIS, through the program can order the things that students and their families like to eat, and can make easily. The United Way is able to buy in bulk and use its non-profit status to make those dollars contributed by Sweeney stretch.
"Kid friendly things, microwaveable pasta, mac & cheese bowls, quick easy open things, and we're able to buy in bulk when we have these corporate donors," said United Way Vice President Roxann Sebest.
Sweeney has pledged the money raised from the dealerships's Operation Santa this year. The dealership donates $50 from every new Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicle sold in December. Since 2013, that's amounted to nearly $200,000.