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Food pantry drive at Greencastle basketball game to honor legacy of MLK

January 14, 2013

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — High School basketball fans will get a chance to save $1 while contributing to a service project that honors the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Spectators who bring one canned good or other nonperishable item to the Greencastle-Antrim High School home game against Shippensburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School on Friday, Jan. 25, will receive $1 off game admission.

The items will be donated to King’s Kettle in Shippensburg, Pa., and the Greencastle Food Pantry.

The drive is sponsored by Greencastle-Antrim High School civics students and the National and Spanish honor societies, according to a news release from Greencastle-Antrim High School.

Organizers hope to match or surpass last year’s contributions, when 15 boxes of food were collected during a home game against James Buchanan High School. Greencastle and St. Thomas food pantries benefited from last year’s drive.

This year, items will be collected during the 6 p.m. junior varsity game and the 7:30 p.m. varsity game, which will be played in Greencastle-Antrim High School’s gymnasium.

“We called the local food pantries and confirmed that they still had a need for food donations. Both pantries reported shortages due to increased demand and cuts in federal and state aid,” civics teacher Ellen Kirkner, who is organizing the drive, said in the news release.
 
In addition, Greencastle-Antrim Middle School is conducting a food drive in honor of King during its home game against Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Middle School. Spectators who attend the seventh-grade home game at 4 p.m. and the eighth-grade game at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, also will receive $1 off game admission for bringing canned food. The items will be donated to food pantries in Chambersburg and Greencastle.

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