Food Bank Student Volunteers Recognized by Rotary Club of Ossining

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The Food Bank for Westchester nominated Ossining High School's Life Skills Class for Special Education for the Rotary Club of Ossining's 2009 Arthur DiPillo/Joseph Indusi Community Service Award, for the program's exemplification of the Club's motto, Service Above Self. The student volunteers, who received their award at the June Rotary Club's Annual Installation of Officers, donate time each week to pack fruits and vegetables for Project Green Thumb, a Food Bank program that supplies bags of produce to Westchester food pantries and other feeding programs.

The Food Bank for Westchester nominated Ossining High School's Life Skills Class for Special Education for the Rotary Club of Ossining's 2009 Arthur DiPillo/Joseph Indusi Community Service Award, for the program's exemplification of the Club's motto, Service Above Self.

The student volunteers, who received their award at the June Rotary Club's Annual Installation of Officers, donate time each week to pack fruits and vegetables for Project Green Thumb, a Food Bank program that supplies bags of produce to Westchester food pantries and other feeding programs.

"Over the years, the students at Ossining's Life Skills program have packed several tons of food to help the community. We are so grateful for Susan Cable's leadership and vision in providing us dedicated, enthusiastic and skilled volunteers," said Christina Rohatynskyj, executive director of the Food Bank. "These kids face challenges of their own, and to see them here week after week, willing and cheerful, is truly inspiring."

Students in the Life Skills program, which was established 13 years ago, are taught to be as functional on their own and as independent as possible. Their curriculum includes developing such skills as preparing meals, cleaning and doing laundry.

"I am thrilled to see how far these students have come and how much they continue to accomplish. I am so proud that their hard work and efforts are recognized, acknowledged and appreciated," said Cable.

According to United Way of America, volunteering builds self-esteem and confidence; makes volunteers feel needed and wanted; enables young people to see what a chosen career might be like; and helps individuals to explore their interests.

For additional information on the Food Bank, or to volunteer at the Food Bank, call 914-923-1100 or visit http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org. The Food Bank for Westchester is located at 358 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY 10546.

About the Food Bank for Westchester: The Food Bank for Westchester's mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. It solicits and administers donations from both the public and private sector, distributing food through approximately 200 hunger relief member agencies. Its core activity is the collection and distribution of donated, government and purchased food. The Food Bank distributes more than five million pounds of food to member agencies annually.

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