Annual Thanksgiving school food drive donations sought

WESTFIELD – Non-perishable donations for Monday’s Nov. 25 Westfield Public School Thanksgiving Food Drive may also be dropped off Nov. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Westfield Technical Academy, using the Tiger’s Pride/gymnasium door, said Susan Figy, one of the food drive organizers.
On Friday, Figy and student volunteers from the Future Business Leaders Association under Business teacher Deb Falcetti, along with members of the Lions Club and retirees from all over, will be at the school setting up stations and organizing for Monday’s drive.
The FBLA students will go through all of the cans to make sure they’re not expired. They will also be gathering donations from all of the shops at WTA, which participate in a food drive competition. The shop that donates the most gets a pizza party, donated annually by Ralph J. Figy.
Non-perishable items still needed for the drive include green bean casserole fixings, canned onion rings, sauce, cream of mushroom soup, cranberry sauce, other canned vegetables, brownie and cake mixes. Also welcome are personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and dish soap, which are given to all of the schools.
About 50 turkeys are still needed, and may be dropped off on Monday, from 6 a.m. to noon at WTA, along with all other items. Any fixings left over for the Thanksgiving meals will be donated to the Westfield Food Pantry, Figy said.
The food drive will be broadcast live on the air on WSKB 89.5 FM Community Radio throughout the morning Monday.
Last year, the food drive collections resulted in 225 Thanksgiving meals for Westfield Public School families.
“The community is very good to the families and the schools,” Figy said.

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