4,000 Items Collected for 2019 GHS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Olivia Leppla, Alani Yu, Amalie Harpoth and Augustus Wnek. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

To help those less fortunate in the community, the Greenwich High School Roots & Shoots Club organized a food drive in November.

In all, there were 4,000 non-perishable food donations, and, through the Penny Wars, enough money was raised to help pay for fresh turkeys, butter, fruit, and vegetables in addition to the non-perishable items.

Cardinal Cooks provided fresh baked bread for each meal basket, and 26 volunteers, mostly teachers, delivered baskets directly to families on Monday.

“We ended up with 85 families. The rest goes to Neighbor to Neighbor and Social Services,” said Courtney Hawes whose Innovation Lab students were organizing boxes for families.

“If you have the tools to help a family less fortunate, it’s important to give back to your community,” said Emma Wilson.

Hannah Wolff agreed. “It’s important to help others enjoy time with their families. You want them to enjoy the same things as you.”

Kimberly Steinhorn, whose ELL students were busy filling boxes, said they were learning language to talk about food, including containers, sorting, packaging, size and in the process helping others.

Steinhorn shared sentences Lesder Perez had written in class. Lesder, who arrived at GHS four months ago from Guatemala wrote, “I like to organize meals for other people who need it. I like to help people.”

Grace Nash, Lidia Dodaro and Harley Freedman. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Grace Nash, Lidia Dodaro and Harley Freedman moved the Thanksgiving meal baskets from the student center to the loading dock. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Nicholas O’Brien and Isaac Leder moved the Thanksgiving meal baskets from the student center to the loading dock. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Students organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Darren and Julian organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Students organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Students organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Fresh vegetables and bread were added to the boxes of non perishable items on the loading dock. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Students organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Hannah Wolff and Emma Wilson organized baskets with Thanksgiving fixings in the GHS student center. Nov 25, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager