BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School continued a 17-year tradition by holding an Annual Holiday Food Drive and creating food baskets to support local families in need. 

Efforts for the drive were led by the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s SkillsUSA Chapter, Class Advisors, and Principal Diane Ziegler.

As part of the food drive, each class grade had the opportunity to win a pizza party by donating the most food items.  For the second year in a row, the freshman class led by Physical Education Instructor Matthew Poznanski won the party by donating over 1,000 food items. Also this year, Wegmans and Shoprite both helped contribute to the drive by donating gift cards.

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After the initial donations were collected, sixteen families in need were provided baskets filled with a complete Thanksgiving meal including a turkey, fresh pie created by the Culinary Arts students and all the trimmings.  In addition to creating the baskets, SCVTHS continued the food drive and all donations were then given to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.  

“We are grateful to all the students and staff who brought in food, donated money or reached out to their contacts to help spread the word about our food drive,” Ziegler said.  “Next year we hope to increase the number of baskets to twenty.”

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or