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Bound Brook Schools Collect 1,255 Pounds of Food

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Third-grader Machai Morgan shows some of the 247 pounds of donations collected at Lafayette Elementary School in Bound Brook as part of the school district’s Curbing Hunger Month food drive. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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BOUND BROOK , NJ – For the fifth year in a row, the Bound Brook School District has been involved in supporting the annual Curbing Hunger Month in Somerset County. This year the district’s five schools collected more than half a ton of food.

“The students, faculty, staff and administration did a fantastic job,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione. “Food supplies at our local food banks are critically low heading into the summer season, so these 1,255 pounds of food will be very much appreciated.”

Donations included 656 pounds from Smalley School; 247 pounds from Lafayette Elementary School; 49 pounds from LaMonte Elementary School and the LaMonte School Annex; 109 pounds from Community Middle School; and 194 pounds from Bound Brook High School.

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The Bound Brook schools food drive started at Lafayette School in 2014, where teacher Michelle Conover organized a pilot collection that brought in 390 pounds of food.  She received approval from the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education to recruit some of her fellow teachers and expand the program to all five schools the following year. The school district has collected a total of 9,674 pounds of food over the past five years.

Curbing Hunger Month curbside food collections will continue in Somerset County through June 29. If you miss the curbside collection on your scheduled recycling day, you can donate online at www.CurbingHunger2018.org

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