MEXICO – Mexico Elementary students and staff members know that the school is the heart of the community and they spread much love to village residents in need with the annual holiday drive.
Organized by the fourth grade class, participants in grades pre-kindergarten through four and their teachers brought in non-perishable food and personal hygiene products for the Mexico Food Pantry, located within St. Anne Mother of Mary Church.
The entire fourth grade class participated in the distribution event, which involved each student making two short walking trips from their school to the food pantry as they carried approximately five pounds of food in each hand.
Teacher Linda Daly said more than 400 items were collected, which will help stock pantry shelves and feed about 100 people.
Pantry director Martha Sturtz said the donations came just in time because she was low on food until the New Year.
As a bonus, Daly said, teachers participated in a jeans day fundraiser and collected $119 for the pantry to purchase items it typically may not order through the Food Bank of Central New York.
Students were engaged in learning more about the pantry and asked questions related to food that is offered, additional services, how their donation helps and food pantry statistics.