WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - A month-long effort across the entire Wood-Ridge School District helped re-stock the food pantry at Assumption Church just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

"The food drive was a combined effort organized and carried out through the help of our Wood-Ridge Intermediate School and Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School Student Councils," said Maria Barrows, Assistant Principal at Wood-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School. "Students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12, with the help of their teachers demonstrated a wonderful sense of pride as they donated food that we hope will benefit our friends and neighbors throughout our community."

According to Barrows, the effort collected three full car loads from Catherine E. Doyle School, WRIS and the Junior/Senior HS. Items included Apple Sauce, Canned Apple Pie Mix, Aluminum Pie Plates, Pie Crust, Canned Beans, Canned Potatoes, Canned Tomatoes, Cookies, Crackers, Dish Detergent, Hearty Soups, Turkey Stock, Hot Chocolate, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Laundry Detergent, Rice & Pasta Sides, Stuffing, Tea, Coffee, White Rice and gift cards to Shop Rite.

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According to Anthony Albro, Doyle School Principal, the elementary school students conducted their collection and donation during the Week of Respect in early October.  He said collected over 300 items that were donated to Assumption, noting "it is an event that we conduct annually during the Week of Respect as an activity to benefit others."


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