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Reading, Writing and Philanthropy

Today's guest blogger is Penny Loughan, chief executive officer of The Pantry of Broward.

penny.jpgPenny served in the United States Army for 21 years before retiring and being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

In Broward County, she worked as a JROTC teacher at Piper High School for eight years and for three years a social service agency feeding Fort Lauderdale’s homeless and families who had fallen on hard times.

Penny, with BJ Buntrock, founded The Pantry of Broward to help seniors on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Penny talks about how the Pantry is working to get students more involved in philanthropy.

As a new school year looms with a multitude of lessons, schedules and homework assignments demanding most of our children’s time, when and where do parents find the perfect moment to "teach" the concept of philanthropy?

We’d like to hear your stories about how your family teaches the idea of "giving back" to the community.

In that vein, over the course of six weeks, this blog will follow two schools in Broward County as they put their special spin on a food drive for our featured non-profit, The Pantry of Broward.

The agency provides food and support services to more than 350 seniors on low fixed-incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren throughout Broward County each month.

The need for food brings these seniors to seek assistance from the agency, but it's usually the symptom of greater needs, such as payment toward a utility bill or medical care.

Count on both classes of students to come up with philanthropic tips and create the "look" of the food drive at their respective school, with the ultimate delivery of grocery items to The Pantry of Broward.

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