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Maywood students run Souper Bowl food drive

Postby MaywoodBiz » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:30 am

as seen on and in The Bergen Record:
Maywood students run Souper Bowl food drive
The Record

Students at the Maywood Avenue School are marking the Super Bowl with a food drive to benefit local families.

Maywood Avenue School seventh-graders, from left, Shannon Jordan, Caleigh Golabek , Leah Gomez and Anusha Ahmed sorting out donated food for an annual food drive called Souper Bowl of Caring.
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The middle schoolers are collecting cans, boxes and jars of food as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national event that aims to direct the excitement around the Big Game toward a good cause. It is one of two annual food drives that the school hosts to stock an on-site food pantry that helps families year round, school counselor Kerry Leto said.

"We try to instill in them how to be a good person overall," Leto said. "That includes being kind to one another and being kind to people less fortunate than you."

The students have participated in the event for about eight years, and the donations help about eight to 10 families each year, Leto said. During the drive, the students typically contribute between 1,500 and 2,000 food items, Leto said.

The Souper Bowl of Caring was started in 1990 in Columbia, S.C., as a way for young people to help their community.

Last year, more than 8,000 groups around the country participated, including 198 in New Jersey, said Melissa Daigneault, the communications and food drive coordinator for Souper Bowl of Caring.

She said it was a perfect time to replenish food banks that often empty around the holidays and that the drive encouraged young people to volunteer and help their neighbors.

"It's a time for lots of consumption," Daigneault said. "People go out and buy big-screen televisions and tons of food. The idea is that we take a moment for people who don't have a bowl of soup to eat."

Lisett Kalomeris, a parent, said the event teaches children a sense of responsibility.

"It shows our kids that we don't take things for granted and that not everybody is in the same position," she said.

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