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Putnam Valley High School Wins $1000 For Food Pantry

Gary Carney of the Putnam Valley Food Pantry
surrounded by Putnam Valley High School students.
Gary Carney of the Putnam Valley Food Pantry surrounded by Putnam Valley High School students. Photo Credit: Contributed

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- The Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry recently received a $1,000 donation from Altice thanks to the Putnam Valley High School's Make A Difference Club.

The club held a "Volley for the Valley" volleyball tournament on June 1, where the cost of admission was a canned good, non-perishable food item or a donation. At the event, Altice presented the donation, which represented the club's first round win in the Charity Champions Competition.

Altice, USA, formerly Cablevision, is the sponsor of the Charity Champion Competition, which promotes volunteerism and helps to raise money for a high school selected charity. Students commit time and money, competing against other schools, and donating the funds raised. This is the third time the Make a Difference Club has won the Charity Champion Competition. Past recipients charities were the Pajama Program in 2012 and Drug Crisis in our Backyard in 2015.

The Make a Difference Club, with the financial support of a grant from the Putnam Valley Educational Foundation, sponsored the Rachel’s Challenge Program at the high school. A food drive called Rachel’s Pantry, and a Kindness Note Writing Campaign, called Rachel’s Mailbox, brought a message of kindness and compassion for others to the students and staff of Putnam Valley High School.  All three school buildings annually sponsor initiatives to support the Putnam Valley Community Food Pantry.

At the tournament, more than 150 participants and spectators donated 10 boxes of non-perishable items. A “Dress Down for the Pantry Day” was also held and proceeds were used to purchase additional food items.

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