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Academy students help food pantry

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy collected boxes of cereal for HIT Inc.’s The Cupboard.

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy collected boxes of cereal for HIT Inc.’s The Cupboard.

Christ the King’s St. Thomas Aquinas Academy recently hosted a middle school dance with a purpose. Each person who attended the dance donated a box of cereal that was then presented to HIT Inc. to benefit The Cupboard.

The Cupboard is a new food pantry that was started by HIT to benefit the low-income people and their families who receive services through HIT. “Benefactors of the food pantry include West River Head Start families and people with intellectual disabilities who reside in our communities,” said Mike Remboldt, CEO of HIT Inc.

The Cupboard received its first donation through an annual food drive conducted by HIT employees to benefit local food pantries.This year, the donated supplies were used to stock The Cupboard.

Joey Kolosky, vice president of West River Head Start, was on hand to accept the donation from Christ the King St. Thomas Aquinas representatives, along with Principal Mark Mindt, and thank them for their commitment to the community.

Mindt said, “Teaching the children of Christ the King School is an honor. There’s such a rich history here, so seeing it grow and thrive is truly a blessed experience.”

In addition to nonperishable food items, The Cupboard accepts cleaning supplies, children’s books and disposable diapers.