NEWBURYPORT – Pennies for Poverty concluded its inaugural Grocery Cart Challenge during the Yankee Homecoming Parade on Sunday by recognizing the Salisbury Elementary School PTA for being voted the 2019 champion.

In a field of nine fancifully decorated grocery carts that collected more than 2,500 pounds of food and personal care items from spectators at the parade, the Salisbury PTA cart team stood out because of its “outstanding hustle combined with creative cart design,” according to a press release.

“I am so amazed at the outpouring of support from the community,” said Sue McKittrick, board president of Pennies for Poverty. “Spectators clapped, donated and promised to remember donations next year. The cart teams worked hard to collect donations while passing by. And they looked fantastic – carts decorated as bumblebees, food packages, dinosaurs and even Scooby-Doo.”

In addition to the Salisbury Elementary School PTA, entrants included Rowley Girl Scout Troop 75123, Brigham Health and Rehabilitation, the Salisbury Office of Community Corrections, First Parish Church of Newbury Community Food Pantry, West Newbury Food Pantry and several groups of friends and neighbors.

Pennies has distributed all items collected to local food pantries.

The mission of Pennies for Poverty: 2 Cents 4 Change Inc. is to ease the impact of poverty on the people of Greater Newburyport. For more information: www.penneisforpoverty.org or contact pennies@penniesforpoverty.org if you want to get involved in the work.

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