WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a music video featuring Broadway star Laura Benanti’s rendition of “Sucker” by The Jonas Brothers, which she released in partnership with FoodCoorps to help fight against hunger during the pandemic, a handful of West Orange Public Schools students, staff and alumni help her spread the message that no kid should go hungry as a result of COVID-19.

Benanti intends to donate 100 percent of the profits from the cover to FoodCorps in order to assist in the organization’s efforts to feed children who typically rely on their school district for breakfast and lunch during the week. Her rendition of the popular song, which can be seen below and was released as part of her #SunshineSongs series on social media, will be featured on her debut album later this year.

The #SunshineSongs initiative originally encouraged students whose high school musical were canceled due to the pandemic to tag Benanti in videos of them singing. The singer then extended the initiative to include videos of people singing to their loved ones through virtual calls during the pandemic.   

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Students from West Orange High School, which canceled its performances of “The Drowsy Chaperone” in March, created a special lip sync video to Benanti’s rendition of “Sucker” that is used throughout her music video. Their full video can be seen below:

West Orange Public Schools and Maschio’s Food Service have been providing breakfast and lunch to local students under the age of 18 from noon to 2 p.m. from Monday through Friday at the elementary school closest to the child's residence.

In order to avoid gatherings of groups, the pick-up process consists of a drive through in the parking lot. 

The following is a list of schools and addresses where local families can pick up food:

  • Gregory Elementary School – 301 Gregory Ave
  • Hazel Elementary School – 45 Hazel Ave
  • Kelly Elementary School – 555 Pleasant Valley Way
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School – 9 Manger Rd
  • Redwood Elementary School – 75 Redwood Ave
  • St. Cloud Elementary School – 71 Sheridan Ave
  • Washington Elementary School – 289 Main St

Contactt Joshua Kreutz at 973-669-5400 ext. 20595 with any questions.