The PTA and parent volunteers help with a number of efforts to help Glebe families in need. These programs include:
Glebe Nourishment & Toiletries Program
The Glebe Program began a few years ago and is run by a few staff members and parent volunteers. The pantry operates on the goodwill of volunteers and your donations of food.
All food and toiletries donated to the pantry goes to Glebe families.
It may be hard to believe that i
n North Arlington there are families who don’t have enough food and toiletries, but it’s true. The number of families served varies from month-to-month; lastyear the pantry provided food and toiletries at different times to approximately 50 Glebe families.
In our experience, the following items are most needed:
- Cooking oil
- Bags of white rice
- Bags of dried black beans
- Maseca flour for tortillas
- Canned fruit or vegetables
- Dried pasta
- Jars of spaghetti sauce
- Peanut butter
- Jelly or Jam
- Breakfast cereals
- Boxes of macaroni & cheese
- Shampoo / Conditioner
- Hair Products
- Combs / Brushs
- Shaving Cream
- Feminine Products
- Body Wash
- Laundry Detergent
The need for these is ongoing—it is not a onetime collection; we solicit donations and give food and toiletries to families year round, whenever help is needed. You can help out by donating food and toiletries regularly. Please consider purchasing an extra item for the Program every time you shop for your own family. Donations can be left in the Program shopping cart located in the Glebe lobby. We also accept gift card donations to the local grocery stores – Giant, Safeway, Target, and Harris Teeter. These should be dropped off in the front office.
During parent-teacher conferences, parents are encouraged to bring several items to help replenish the supplies. At Thanksgiving time, the committee also assists with holiday meals.
Questions? Please contact Tara Blankinship (email) or Beronica Salas (email).
The idea of setting up a non-profit that could collect and distribute unused and unopened food from elementary schools came into being after one of the volunteers behind Food Bus watched item after item of unopened food in an elementary school being thrown out. Food Bus, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) program that operates at Glebe. The bus focuses on providing collection and transportation of unused (but perfectly edible) food items from local schools to food pantries.
If you would be interested in volunteering with any of the above efforts, please contact us and we’ll connect you.