January 30, 2013

School and Sheriff’s Office join forces in food bank effort

The Sheriff’s Office has joined an effort at Coral Shores High School to make sure all students have enough to eat. The school, led by Trish Biondoletti who heads up the office of attendance, has started its own small food bank to make sure no students go hungry no matter what may be happening at home.

“We have always encouraged children to bring in items to supply local community food banks.  The registered nurse at the school, Ann Perry, brought to my attention that we may have children who are going hungry right under our roof.”  The two staff members at the school sent out a call to friends and family to assist.  “We want to make it easy for students to pick up a few meals to carry them through the weekend or evenings, along with some personal hygiene items that may be difficult for their family to afford,” said Biondoletti.

When members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division heard about the worthy effort, they were ready and willing to help.

“We are fortunate to enjoy great relationships with local schools and local businesses, “ said Lieutenant Lee Ann Holroyd, Commander of the division.  The lieutenant decided to make this a challenge within her division.  “I challenged the Major Crimes Division and the Narcotics Division to see who could bring in the most food for these students in need.”  The reward: lunch for the winning officers.  The real winners, of course, were the students.  

“Community involvement is top priority for Sheriff Ramsay and this is a great opportunity to challenge other organizations to get involved,”  stated Lieutenant Holroyd.  The school also encouraged the Florida Keys Community College Basic Law Enforcement Recruit class to take part in the food drive. To date, members of the Sheriff’s Office and the academy have donated over 300 food and personal hygiene items to the school’s food bank.

“It is never too early to teach our recruits the importance of community partnerships and community involvement,” said Liz Ruano, Coordinator for the Institute of Criminal Justice, Upper Keys Campus.  The recruits have been challenged to provide future donations and to partner with the high school.
If you, your organization or business would like more information or would like to make a donation, please contact Trish Biondoletti or Ann Perry at 305-853-3222.

Pictured:  Lieutenant Lee Ann Holroyd,  Trish Biondoletti and a members of the Basic Law Enforcement Recruit class.

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