Ipswich Students Raise $17,000 to Fight Hunger

Tuesday May 02, 2023

Ipswich Middle School Students - From left, Peyton Epple, Annabelle Ma, June O’Riordan, Piper Stewart, Adelaide Pitner, Gracyn Cummins, Jade Deacon, Lilly Hodge, Sarah Cheney, Maya Erijman, Gabija Markevicute, Madison Colby, Maggie Marsella, Grace McCarthy, Chloe Hanchett, and Teagen Ouellette. Photo courtesy of The Open Door

IPSWICH — The Ipswich Middle School Walk for Hunger on April 14 raised $17,000 for the Open Door by more than 300 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
Furthermore, the students pledged to walk approximately 10 miles from High Street to Great Neck.
“Year after year, Ipswich Middle School students go the extra mile to make sure their neighbors have access to good, healthy food. We’re so thankful to the students, staff, families, and community members for all the hard work that goes into making this event possible,” said Julie LaFontaine, president and CEO of Open Door. “This is what community is all about.”
“The Walk for Hunger is a wonderful tradition in our Middle School and teaches our students the value of giving back to the community,” according to Brian Blake, the superintendent. “I’m incredibly proud of our students and staff for their commitment to this event.”
By distributing 1.78 million pounds of food in and around Cape Ann, The Open Door helped stabilize the lives and health of 8,486 people from 4,872 households in 2022.
With its mobile markets at Doyon and Winthrop Elementary Schools and the Ipswich Council on Aging, The Open Door distributed 189,000 pounds of food to 366 people in Ipswich alone.
“This year, the Ipswich Middle School teaching staff incorporated the annual Walk for Hunger into our No Place for Hate initiative,” Principal Kathleen McMahon said.

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