Thanks to Daniel Hand High School Junior Class advisors, a large group of students, and other volunteers, the Madison Food Pantry is well on its way to being stocked for the holidays. A food drive at the school gathered almost 2,300 pounds of food, which was delivered Tuesday.
The students then helped sort through the donated goods to make sure the cans were in good shape and that the food had not expired. They worked hard for several hours and were invited to take a bagel break. The students enthusiastically accepted the bagels, but declined the break, continuing to work as they wolfed down their snack.
The group helping Tuesday included Erica Browne, Paula Filippone, Ellery Newton, Lauren Gallagher, Chandler Burke, Carlin McCarthy, Arthur Wilkins, Erin Healey, Andrew Bastian, Dylan Mather, Sarah Passalaqua, Scott and Rebecca Rubenstein, and Marcel Nietlisbach.
The contributions from the school Tuesday supplement other recent generous donations, including meat from Stop & Shop that is packed in to the pantry's donated freezer, and large amounts of healthy, fresh produce from the Connecticut Food Bank.