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Champions for Charity Keeps Food on Pantry Shelves

Release Date: March 02, 2011
Four Sussex County High Schools have collected 19,895 pounds of food to keep food pantry shelves stocked.

Champions for Charity Keeps Food on Pantry Shelves

The 2010-2011 Champions for Charity fight against hunger food drive campaign has been in full swing since November 2010. Four schools have held food drives for the 2010-2011 campaign, with six more scheduled between March and May. Last year, students from all ten high schools in the County collected a whopping 95,520 pounds of food to help keep the Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services food pantry stocked. So far this year, the program collected 19,895 pounds of food. "It is incredibly inspiring to see the teamwork and the generosity of Sussex County's students," said Freeholder Director Rich Zeoli. "They answered a call to help their fellow residents in need, and they answered it in a meaningful way. As a Sparta High School Alumni, it is great to see the students show such pride in their participation as they work to make their school the Champion for Charity."

Sparta High School kicked-off this year's Champions for Charity on the 2nd of November, raising 11,460 pounds of food. Courtney Noone, Vice President of the National Honor Society, led the Honor Society in involving the entire school in the food drive. The Life Skills Class made signs and posters and counted the donations of food. Pat Flynn of Sodexo, a food service company, donated hundreds of cookies to give out in exchange for donations.

Newton High School collected 1,020 pounds of food during their participation in the Champions for Charity campaign on November 30, 2010. Interact Advisor Jack Choma, Co-Presidents Caroline Butler and Kayla Williams, and members Annie DeFeo, Erin Wolters, Charlotte Paparella, and Casey Gallagher were instrumental in orchestrating this event.

High Point Regional High School students raised 5,020 pounds of food during their participation in the Champions for Charity campaign on December 21, 2010. Frankford Township School, Lafayette Township School and the Sussex Wantage Board of Education also collected food to help with the effort. The Sussex Fire Department also collected donations and personally delivered them to the event.

Kittatinny Regional High School collected a total of 2,395 pounds of food during their participation with Champions for Charity on January 25, 2011. Advisor Mary Simpson, Member Ellen Tomlinson and Secretary Tess Oldfield of the National Honor Society led the effort. Kittatinny Junior High and the Stillwater Elementary School also assisted by collecting donations.

Sussex County Technical School, Pope John XXIII Regional High School, Vernon Township High School, Hopatcong High School and Lenape Valley Regional High School will hold the remaining 2010-2011 food drives between February 24 and May 3, 2011.

Below: Sussex Tech Students at Champions for Charity

Champions for charity

Champions for charity

A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Social Services, Carol Novrit, Division Director, PO Box 218/83 Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (No Appointment Necessary) Phone 973-383-3600 Fax 973-383-3627 Toll Free Messages 800-446-6963
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