Montgomery County employees donate to Fonda-Fultonville Backpack Program

Staff members of the Montgomery County Public and Mental Health Department held a food drive that collected more than 150 pounds of food that will be given to Fonda-Fultonville students in need.

Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Superintendent Thomas Ciaccio and social worker Melanie Capron accepted the donation at the County Annex Building in Fonda on Monday. The program provides backpacks filled with food for students on the weekends when other resources are not available.

Capron, who founded the program, said it serves about 40 students and there are more on the waiting list.

“Every bit of support that we get goes to our district and in our community,” Capron said. “We are very appreciative of all the support that we get.”

Ciaccio said he is incredibly grateful for the donation.

“Montgomery County always pulls together to support our families that need a little extra support during the holidays,” he said.

Public and Mental Health Department Director Sara Boerenko said her staff reached out to the community to find a good cause in need of donation. Staff  members participated in Dress Down Days and brought in two food items so they could wear jeans.

“We made it into a competition and some of the girls went way above and beyond and would bring in 10 things a day,” Boerenko said. “Not only was it a fun little activity, but it helped out the community.”

“It’s nice to see County employees always willing to give back to the community,” County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort  said.