CLARK, NJ - The Annual ALJ Food Drive started February 8 and ended March 26 attracting many students' attention and resulted in approximately 2900 items being collected. 

All of the products collected in the food drive were donated to the food pantries of Osceola and St. John The Apostle Churches.  Food donations were held in two separate collections, in order to not overflow each teacher's classroom.

Kayla White, advisor to the National Honor Society, which runs the food drive, was asked about her favorite part of the food drive. “ I love seeing how grateful the churches are when they see the amount of boxes/items we are donating,”  she said.

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 It is common for teachers to give students extra credit or other incentives in order to entice students to bring in more food. The teachers that raised the most food In ALJ were Ms. White, Mrs. Skirde, and Mrs. Welch. 

This year Senior Matthew Hartzler was in charge of overseeing the entire project. Also Martha Kolfenbach, Dominika Kosiek, Richard Ledden, Michael Karnaugh, Joseph Hovick, Grace Cassidy, Christopher Warnick, Jacob Mallick, Aidan Ford, William Sasse, Kyro Nahkla, and a few others helped with the collection and sorting of the items. “The NHS students always have a great time getting to sort all of the food together as a group,” added White. 

When asked why it is so important to do the food drive, White responded, “A lot of us at ALJ are fortunate to not worry about when our next meal is going to be or if we will have enough food to make it through the week, so being able to support those families who are struggling is so important.” 

The food pantries usually send a list of items that are in demand each year. Most times they are things such as canned foods and pastas. This year, due to the pandemic, the requests included health and paper products, along with toiletries. The Arthur L Johnson Food Drive was a great success this year and brought food to many families who are in need in the community. 

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