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Student Officers of the 71st R.O.C. support the Plymouth Area Coalition's Food Pantry.

Student Officers of  Plymouth Police Academy’s 71st R.O.C. support the Plymouth Area Coalition’s Food Pantry.

I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to write this blog post. Throughout my childhood, my family and I were surrounded by those that were willing to help whenever we needed and giving back to the community feels like an opportunity to indirectly repay them for their love and kindness.

According to Feeding America, there are over 37 million food insecure people in the United States; 36,000 of whom reside in Plymouth County. Food insecurity refers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s measure of the lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members (Feeding America, 2021). The hardships of the COVID-19 Pandemic have pushed countless individuals to their local nonprofit organizations and food banks seeking assistance to stay afloat. To ensure that the local food pantry is stocked in preparation for the Holiday Season, the 71st Recruit Officer Class (R.O.C.) held a food drive to benefit the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless.

The 71st R.O.C. is proud to announce that they’ve collected numerous donations for the Plymouth Area Coalition’s Food Pantry to include non-perishable food, personal care, and baby products. These provisions are estimated to benefit 300 families. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to support this cause, including the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department personnel who went above and beyond to support this initiative. Your generosity will help countless families feel a sense of comfort and community through the coming months.

Donations are known to increase during the holiday season, but please continue to donate whenever you are able throughout the year. Food insecurity does not diminish when the Holiday Season ends and there are always families in need. Monetary donations can be made at this link and non-perishable food items and provisions can be brought to 149 Bishops Highway, Kingston.

Thank you for your support and have a safe and happy holiday season.

Respectfully submitted by Student Officer Zachary Kierstead-Plymouth PD

Photo respectfully submitted by Student Officer Austin Alves-Rochester PD

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