Marlboro Snack Shack provides for the community

By Mark Reynolds
Posted 3/25/20

While the schools are closed, Marlboro is still providing food to families in their district.

Fred Callo, Director of Food Service for the district, oversees the “Snack Shack” that is …

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Marlboro Snack Shack provides for the community

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While the schools are closed, Marlboro is still providing food to families in their district.

Fred Callo, Director of Food Service for the district, oversees the “Snack Shack” that is located behind the high school and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Callo said providing food to families at this time is an, “absolute necessity.” He said this allows people, “to walk up, get what they need and keep their distance.”

Callo has been tapping his stored food supply and is also ordering food, “like crazy, but I’m always ahead of the game with my orders.” He said his dairy order came in twice last week, “and our regular shipment of produce came last Monday, which is tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, oranges and apples. We’re asking people not to horde anything but just take what they need for a couple of days and then come back. We’re here until this [emergency] ends and we don’t need it anymore and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”

The program is paid for through the state.

"We’re putting bulk entries in and keeping track of how many meals, how many clients we have every day that come in and keep that information [confidential] for ourselves,” he said. “I live here in Milton and I care about the community and the kids.”

Trisha Van Tassel is a single mom and is presently out of work because of the coronavirus. She comes to the Snack Shack twice a week.

“It’s awesome. They do breakfast foods like the little cereals, waffles, peanut butter and jelly and they also do lunch stuff, like chicken fajitas, burgers and pizza. They give you the milk they give you the juice and fresh fruits and veggies. It’s free to all the Marlboro school kids.”

Kathy Schaeffer and Cindy Jennison are at the Snack Shack every day helping put together and box up food orders. They are seeing a daily increase in the number of people stopping by and estimate that presently they are averaging 100 families a day and expect that to rise in the coming weeks.

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