Clague Thanksgiving Food Bags


Jashn Grewal

Eighth grade volunteers Rashi Anmulwad and Isha Savi with the food bags.

Jashn Grewal

Clague is always trying to help everyone in the community. Food disparity is one of the issues that PTSO president Sandhya Rao focused on last month. To combat food insecurity, volunteers from Clague, led by Rao, made Thanksgiving food bags to hand out to families.

“We’re doing this because families need to be supportive,” Rao said. “We all want to be a part of a community where nobody goes hungry and food is not an issue. If you can share, why not?”

The Thanksgiving bags were shared with 55 families and consisted of staple Thanksgiving food items such as beans and corn, stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and cornbread. They also included macaroni and cheese, Jello mix, cake mix, french fried onions, and more.

“It’s a bigger issue than Clague doing this,” Rao said. “Yes, we can come together as a community and we’ll put together 55 bags, but that’s one day a year. There are 364 more to go.”

Everyone wants to give and do things for the needy on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving week.

“Maybe we need to be doing that all the time,” Rao said. “Maybe then we’ll have a word with Thanksgiving won’t matter. And maybe we’ll actually have a point where I call the principal and the principal says everyone’s looked after. Nobody needs it. That’s where I want to get to.”

If anybody is in need of food support, Clague has free breakfast and lunch. The staff and counselors are also always available to talk to.