MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Schools in the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District collected almost five tons of food in the annual two-week Spring School Food Drive held by the county’s emergency food network.
One of the district’s schools, the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison placed second overall among the 151 participating schools despite being one of the smallest schools, with only 150 students. The academy collected 8,600 pounds of food, more than double the amount of the third-place finisher. The total averaged out to 56 pounds per student.
“They have consistently been a top-collecting school since they’ve been participating,” said Jennifer Apostol, coordinator of MCFOODS, the emergency food network.
The academy in Edison has participated in the drive for 12 of its 17 years.
“For such a small school to collect such a large amount of food was phenomenal,” said academy principal Linda Russo. “It was a total school effort.”
The drive was spearheaded by the senior class, Russo said, with school nurse and senior class advisor Rosemary Simmons coordinating. Thirty-five students brought in 100 pounds of food or more, Russo said.
Other MCVTS participants were the Academy for Applied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge (450 pounds), the East Brunswick Campus (250 pounds) and the Piscataway Campus (200 pounds).
South Brunswick High School was the leader, with 10,300 pounds. The total for the countywide drive was almost 59 tons of food.
Apostol said the top schools will be honored with a resolution at a meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
MCFOODS distributes nonperishable foods at no cost to more than 80 food pantries and soup kitchens, as well 25 other agencies such as shelters, programs for women and children, senior citizen housing facilities and other outreach services in Middlesex County.
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