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McMath students make, donate bags to food bank

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 4:31 PST, Wed February 17, 2021

McMath textiles students made good use of some of the city’s old street banners—recycling them into bags to donate to the Richmond Food Bank.

Teacher Akiko Kato contacted the city to see if they would donate banners for a garment-making project using recycled materials. But when she heard that the food bank was in need of shopping bags for their hampers, she asked staff and students to bring bags from home.

“(Then) I changed the lesson plan and talked to all students about the situation,” Kato says. “They all agreed to make reusable bags for the food bank, and made 55 bags in total.”

Bags are in demand at the food bank, as all groceries distributed to clients are individually packaged. 

“I thought it was really neat that the school and the students took the initiative to actually make the bags out of reused recycled material and put something together—it showed extra creativity,” says Stephanie Shulhan, the food bank’s manager of volunteer operations.

“The students were replying to needs that they knew we had—we were running out of bags and we go through a lot of them each week.”


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