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Bound Brook Schools Collect Over One Ton of Food to Help Curb Hunger

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Celebrating their successful collection of 1,054 pounds of food for Curbing Hunger Month are students and staff of Lafayette School in Bound Brook. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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Showing some of the donations collected at Smalley School are, left to right, teacher Kelly Hellman, students Brian Quesada and Michelle Paez, and aide Rosanna DiCiaula. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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Freeholder Patricia Walsh, left presented a citation to Supervisor of Special Services Marc De Marco, Smalley School teacher Kelly Hellman and Lafayette School teacher Michelle Conover. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Freeholders
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BOUND BROOK, NJ – For the fourth 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 just over one ton of food.

“The students, faculty, staff and administration did a fantastic job,” said Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer. “Food supplies at our local food banks are critically low heading into the summer season, so these 2,104 pounds of food will be very much appreciated.”

Donations included 1,054 pounds from Smalley School; 732 pounds from Lafayette Elementary School; 202 pounds from LaMonte Elementary School and the LaMonte School Annex; 79 pounds from Community Middle School; and 37 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 got the okay 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 collected 3,020 pounds of food in 2015 and 2,905 last year.

Curbing Hunger Month curbside food collections will continue in Somerset County through June 30. If you miss the curbside collection on your scheduled recycling day, you can donate online at www.CurbingHunger2017.org

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