Westfield Schoolchildren Help the Hungry with Lunch Donation Programs
WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents are often recognized for their generosity and willingness to lend a hand to those in need. The next generation is being taught to do the same, as all six elementary schools in town coordinate collections of bagged lunches that are provided to homeless people and low-income residents of neighboring towns.
Franklin School students can bring an extra lunch to school on “Two-Lunch Tuesdays.” The school typically collects anywhere from 300 to 350 lunches each week, which are donated to St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth.
Tamaques School does the same on their “Two-Lunch Thursdays,” and these lunches transported by parent volunteers for those who rely on the students’ generosity.
Washington School coordinates a bagged lunch collection on the third Wednesday of each month, and a parent volunteer transports the more than 100 lunches to St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth. In addition, twice each year at Washington, fifth graders have the opportunity to join fellow students to make sandwiches before school. More than 600 sandwiches are made at each of those events, and are also provided to St. Joseph.
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