Students baking bread and rolls for local food pantries

Students in Huntington and West Springfield to participate in community service effort

HUNTINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Baking classes at two western Massachusetts schools Thursday were held in order to benefit emergency food pantries. At the Tatham Elementary School in West Springfield and at the Gateway Regional Middle School in Huntington, students learned how to make dinner rolls and cinnamon buns.

Some of the baked goods were for themselves, but most of them will be destined for community food pantries. Sixth graders in the Hilltowns that 22News spoke with said that they recognize the need.

“Some people in the world are starving. You think it’s the other countries, but people don’t know that it’s happening right here where we live every day,” said Gateway sixth grader Chloe Govoni.

Their visiting instructor is Amy Driscoll of the King Arthur Flour company in Norwich, Vermont. During her dozens of school visits around the country on behalf of King Arthur Flour, Driscoll told 22News that she has gotten quite an education.

“Sometimes, you hear mixed and negative reports, things about education- but I go to schools. I see teachers doing great things, and kids are passionate about learning,” Driscoll said.

Next week, once these students combine the flour, yeast, and water with what they’ve learned about breadmaking, most of what they bake will be immediately provided to the emergency food pantry in Huntington.

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