BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Tuesday, April 20, students in the Interact Club participated in making sandwiches for the Market Street Mission. This year the students made over 1,300 sandwiches to be donated.

The Market Street Mission is an organization that collects donations varying from clothing to food. These sandwiches are going to individuals or families who are homeless, poor, and struggling with addiction. 

Junior Elizabeth Chin said, “I really enjoy participating in this event because it makes me realize how fortunate we are and how important it is to give back.”

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Typically, this event takes place before Thanksgiving to provide for families who do not have access to food. However, due to the pandemic it was pushed to April, as there are always people that need food across the country.

Sophomore Tiya Patel attended the event with hopes of making a change in families’ lives. Patel said, “I think especially because of COVID, things are becoming more difficult. So, I wanted to do what I could to help.” 

The volunteers made sandwiches varying from peanut butter and jelly to ham and cheese sandwiches to provide for all. 

Club officer and senior Ryan Matthews has attended this event every year throughout high school. “It was great to see everyone working together to donate so much,” Matthews said.

As it is still a pandemic, club advisors Sharon Leahy and Kimberly Fleming, ensured that all students met the proper CDC requirements by requiring masks, gloves and following social distancing guidelines. 

Local businesses Stop and Shop, Goodman’s Deli, Avenue Deli, Towne Deli, and Subzone donated the ham, bread, peanut butter, jelly, and cheese to make the event possible.