ROXBURY, NJ - Jefferson Elementary School is beginning the school year by helping out Roxbury's less fortunate.

Students are contributing to the Roxbury Social Services food pantry by collecting food items that, in prior years, were thrown away. Some students purchasing lunch might not want the milk, yogurt, carrot sticks, etc. that come with a school lunch. These items can now be placed in the “Share Bin” for “unwanted, unopened and uneaten” items.

This food is stored in a donated refrigerator in the lunchroom and once a week the collection will be delivered to Roxbury Social Services.

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After the first week of collecting, the school gave 40 milk cartons, 11 containers of yogurt, 60 bags of carrots and 44 bags/pieces of fruit.

“It feels good giving back to our community and not wasting good food,” shared fourth-grader Evan Elbaum.