Perkins School students in grades 2 and younger recently collected nonperishable food items, hats and mittens for the Newark Food Closet, in collaboration with faculty, staff and parents.
Students arranged 11 boxes of food around a tree decorated with hats and mittens when Newark Food Closet co-chairs Lisa Barrett and Becky Jandreau visited to see the donations.
Kindergarten teacher Beth James, who oversaw the drive, said she thinks more items were collected this year because student teams made presentations in all of the classrooms about the drive. A video about the drive was produced and shown in classrooms.
“I think these efforts made a great difference this year,’’ James said. “We thank everyone that donated and helped make the drive a success, including Premier Martial Arts in Newark that generously donated over 100 items.”
The food closet recently moved from the Newark Municipal Building to the basement of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 301 E. Miller St., Newark, which hosts a free lunch program at noon on Tuesdays-Fridays.
Barrett said the food closet needs money, 48-ounce juice bottles, pancake syrup, frozen food items and canned fruit except peaches.
Newark Food Closet is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays-Fridays. Food donations can be dropped off during that time, or at Citizens Bank, 711 W. Miller St., and HEP Sales, 6592 E. Union St. in Newark.
Money can be donated through checks made out to the Newark Food Closet at 301 E. Miller St., Newark, New York, 14513. Barrett said new and gently used winter coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves can be dropped off at the church.