Souper Job By Commack Students
The students at North Ridge Primary School in Commack collected 8,362 cans and containers of soup during their third annual “Souper Bowl.” The food was donated to Long Island Cares. “Our Souper Bowl was a huge success, and we doubled the amount of soup we collected last year,” said physical education Lorraine Esposito, who runs the event. “A special thank you goes to the North Ridge community for the overwhelming donations.”
Mrs. Schwartz’ second grade class gathered 1,289 cans of soup and was rewarded with extra Safety City gym time. The children chose to extend their good works by helping to box up all the soup rather than playing.
“I enjoyed seeing how excited the students were; they did a great job! They collected enough food to create 6,750 meals for families in need on Long Island,” said Elana Sissons, Food Drive Coordinator for Long Island Cares, Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves 600 Nassau and Suffolk Counties soup kitchens, food pantries, emergency shelters, senior centers, and kids after school programs with food, school supplies, personal care items, birthday party supplies, pet food, coats, new toys and baby products.
In 2011, 6.3 million pounds of product were distributed. For more information on hosting any type of drive, contact Elana Sissons at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or (631) 582-FOOD extension 113. Elementary and middle school students can join “Kids United Against Hunger,” a program funded through United Way, that invites student to LI Cares Hauppauge warehouse on Saturdays to receive hunger education and sort food. High school students are encouraged to join our Student Volunteer Corp. This unique program partners students with food pantries and soup kitchens. For more information on either program contact Christine Brown, Coordinator of Community Outreach, Education and Self Sufficiency Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or (631) 582-FOOD extension 120 or on their www.licares.org<http://www.licares.org/>;.
Photo above (by Brenda Lentsch): Jeri Schwartz’ class at North Ridge Primary Schools collected the most soup, 1,289 cans in total!