Two school clubs are teaming up for two good causes: the environment and local families in need of food.
The Green Team and the Community Service Club are combining forces to collect returnable bottles on campus, redeem them for cash, and donate the money to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Club members Charlotte Minsky of Amherst and Claire Lane of Greenfield described the project to students, faculty and staff at a recent Housemeeting. Bins for returnable bottles will be placed around campus where people can deposit bottles that are eligible for redemption under the bottle bill, including all carbonated beverages. Both boarding and day students, as well as faculty and staff are encouraged to collect and deposit bottles in the bins around SBS. Once a week, members of the Green Team and Community Service Club will bring all of the bottles to a local grocery store to redeem them for cash, and 100 percent of money will then be donated directly to the Food Bank of Western Mass. The project began January 20 and will run through February 6.
Charlotte and Claire noted that the project serves several purposes. At this time of the year, after the holidays, many charitable organizations see a drop in donations. In Franklin County, food insecurity is a major issue, as 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry. In addition, the redeemed bottles eventually are recycled, so the project is good for the environment because it keeps the bottles out of landfills. And, by involving the whole school population, the project will build a sense of community.
Look for the new bins around campus and pitch in.