High school students near Bala Cynwyd help 100 families

December 2, 2013 by  

Every year, the Harriton High School National Honor Society holds a Thanksgiving food drive. This year, the students relied on support from the surrounding community, including neighbors in Bala Cynwyd, to collect enough food to feed 100 families on Thanksgiving.

The drive started at the beginning of November and continued until the week before Thanksgiving. Students collected non-perishable foods and canned goods. Each Honor Society member was matched to a family and given a box, which they were asked to fill with foods appropriate for the holiday meal.

The students were not alone in their food collecting efforts. Local supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant, and Acme, donated hundreds of items to the drive. Through bake sales and other cash donations, the students were able to provide each of the 100 families with $20 gift cards, so that they could complete their Thanksgiving meals as needed.

Members of the National Honor Society could use stationery printers to express their gratitude to the four stores and to the students who helped out. Victoria Marks, president of the Harriton NHS, stated that the support from her fellow students went beyond what they had expected and that the grocery stores “played a monumental role” in achieving the target.

The food and gift cards were driven to the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, in the county seat of Norristown, the Friday before Thanksgiving. The drive was the most successful in the history of the high school. In all, the students collected enough food to fill 350 boxes.