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New food pantry is now open for Cheektowaga students

Student volunteers and retired teachers are working to keep the pantry open seven days a week.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — Teachers in Cheektowaga have been collecting nonperishable food and hygiene items for students that might need some extra help.

They now have a food pantry where students and their families can pick up donations, thanks to an effort by the Teachers' Association of Cheektowaga-Sloan and Teamsters Local #449.

The new food pantry is outside 2175 William Street.

"As teachers, we see food insecurities in our classrooms on a daily basis," said Amy Kochan, an earth science teacher and the president of the Teachers' Association of Cheektowaga-Sloan.

"We wanted the pantry to be accessible to the community 24-7 and be completely anonymous, so we didn't want people to have to go into a building and speak to someone and ask for things. We wanted people to be able to access the pantry whenever they needed without hesitation."

The American Legion Post 1320 donated $500 to help get the project off the ground.

Student volunteers and retired teachers are working to keep the pantry open seven days a week.

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