On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, MCTA Executive Committee met via Zoom to discuss how to help our members and our students in these trying times. One of the most important items on the agenda: helping families in our community to have ready access to food. MCTA voted to donate $1500 to local food banking services to help those in Medina who lack food security. This donation was due to the efforts of two of our members, Katie Shaffer, MHS History Teacher, and Ed Dargay, MHS Math Teacher, who have been working diligently all year to create a food pantry at Medina High School.
Katie and Ed have solicited donations of money, food, hygiene supplies, and a room in the school for students to “shop” for their families before weekends and holidays. They have spent their free time (hahah! What teacher has free time???) shopping and stuffing backpacks with food for students to take with them. Because of their efforts, many students who would have gone without steady meals outside of the school environment can have access to healthy food, including fruits and vegetables.
Katie and Ed exemplify the motto of MCTA: We ARE Medina. They take care of our families.
For information on how to help feed Medina families, contact the following sources:
For the MHS Food Pantry: Katie Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Feed Medina County : www.feedingmedinacounty.org
For Medina County Police Activities League: 330-661-0121