Avon students help stock food pantry for the holidays

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Mary Hayser, an eighth-grade student from Avon Elementary School, helps stack canned goods at the Bradley Food Pantry in preparation for the holiday season. MARK R. SULLIVAN THE COAST STAR

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The National Junior Honor Society [NJHS] at Avon Elemen- tary School joined volunteers at the Bradley Food Pantry to help sort dona- tions for Thanksgiving meals.

According to Angela Rust, NJHS advisor at the school, the students belonging to the NJHS have been visiting the Bradley Food Pantry, 605 Fourth Ave., in Bradley Beach, for the past four years, most recently on Thursday, Nov. 15.

“[NJHS] Members love giving back to the communities,” Ms. Rust said. “It helps them realize how fortunate they are in their lives, develop empathy for others and how important it is to help others.”

The Bradley Food Pantry serves over 600 families every month, according to its website, from Asbury Park, Avon-By-The- Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Lake Como, Neptune Township, Neptune City, Ocean Grove, Ocean Township, Tinton Falls and Wall Township.

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