ShineOnCass Foundation Launches School Snack Collection for Local School Food Pantries

The ShineOnCass Foundation has launched a school snack drive through the month of July to help fill the shelves of Oakland School food pantries. The “ShineOnCass Snack Drive” part of Oakfest’s ShineOn Oakland Day, will collect donations of non-perishable, individually-packaged snacks to be distributed during the school year to local students in need.

Suggested ShineOnCass Snack donations include peanut butter crackers, granola bars, waters, Rice Krispies snacks, fruit gummies, animal crackers, applesauce cups, fruit cups, individual-serving popcorn, cereal, mac-and-cheese or other non-perishable, individually-packaged foods.

ShineOnCass Snack collection boxes will be at the 11-hour soccer game “Kick for Cass” on July 20 at Thomas College and all weekend at Oakfest, July 26, 27 and 28. Donations of snacks can also be dropped off at the Oakland Town Office, Camden National Bank in Oakland, or can be purchased and donated at Buddies Groceries in Oakland.

“We think the snack drive is a great opportunity for families to support other families in need, and a special way for kids to shine their own light by giving to others,” said ShineOnCass Executive Director Monica Charette.

The 5th annual Oakfest, July 26-28, features three days of community events including an outdoor family movie night, street dance, open-air market, and a triathlon. Saturday, designated “ShineOn Oakland Day” will welcome dozens of food vendors, Maine artists and crafters, and community organizations from 10am to 4pm at an open-air market located at Williams Elementary School. The day will include live music, as well as many children and family activities.

The ShineOnCass Foundation will also host its Kindness Matters Bookmark Project at Oakfest July 27, where kids can create ShineOnCass bookmarks with positive messages to leave in school and local libraries to help spread kindness.  For more information about the ShineOnCass Snack Collection, Kindness Bookmark Project, or the Foundation, visit shineoncass.org, or email shineooncass@gmail.com.

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The ShineOnCass Foundation was created to honor the spirit, continue the work, and encourage others to live the legacy of Cassidy Charette, whose kindness and passion for others Shines On. Cassidy was a 17-year-old Messalonskee scholar and athlete, and a devoted community volunteer, who died in a hayride accident in 2014.  The organization’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower youth to make their world a better place through kindness and volunteer charitable activities.

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