Colonial food drive is running from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10; canned items sought

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File photo from 2013: Colonial students and Mrs. Kim Norman, the student government advisor, display food collected for Westchester Food Bank.

COLONIAL SCHOOL The school is holding a food drive from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10.

Foods needed include vegetables, spaghetti and meatballs, beans, chili, tuna, chicken soup, meat ravioli, fruit in 100% juice, tomatoes and sauce and peanut butter. All of these items need to be in easy-open cans. The tuna and chicken have to be unflavored and the peanut butter in plastic containers. Juices need to be canned or in plastic bottles.

Stella Gretina helped with the drive “because I got the flyer and my mom wanted to help so I put a can of tomatoes in a bag and dropped it in the bin.”

Colonial does not do the drive alone. It works with the Pelham Teachers Association every year. Altogether, the school district has been donating an impressive 6,000 pounds on average for the past couple of years.

“Of course, I think it’s wonderful,” said Tonya Wilson, the principal. “It’s a great way to help local food pantries.”