HILLSIDE, NJ - Governor Livingston's Interact Club traveled to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside.

"This is a great event that students look forward to every year," said teacher advisor Sharon Leahy. Interact members worked together to separate dry goods, including everything from health and hygiene products, to rice and pasta, to canned goods. The students sifted through large boxes to separate everything into smaller boxes for distribution.

"This hands-on activity gives students the chance to serve their community and learn the value of productive cooperation," said Leahy. The GL students made a real impact as they cleared pallet after pallet of giant boxes filled to the brim with canned and boxed goods in order to pack smaller boxes for distribution to families in need.

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Senior Heather Goldstein said, “The trip was a lot of fun! Everyone at the food bank is passionate about what they do and they make what seems like it would be a tedious task super entertaining. I thought it was really rewarding to see all of the boxes we managed to package up within a few hours, especially because the items will help out those in need.”

Junior Conor Pierce added, “Working at the food bank gave me a newfound appreciation for what I have, as well as a sense of pride because of helping those that are less fortunate.”

Governor Livingston's Interact Club has made several donations to local and international charities this year, including $1,800 to African Parks, designated to help a conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. The club has also generously donated to Homes of Hope, sponsoring a child from Ecuador to help with her school and medical needs each year. Other donations include Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. New members are always welcome.