POINT PLEASANT — Borough schools will receive top awards next week for helping to collect thousands of pounds of food, and funds, to support area families in need.
According to Fulfill, formerly the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, during the Students Change Hunger initiative that took place from mid-September through early-December, 67 schools, including Ocean Road Elementary School, Memorial Middle School and Point Pleasant Borough High School, helped the nonprofit collect 60,450 pounds of food and $46,570 in funds to provide nearly 200,000 meals to those in need this holiday season.
“It is heartwarming that so many children got involved in this year’s Students Change Hunger competition. A huge thank you to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated,” said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, the former lieutenant governor of New Jersey.
“Fulfill feeds 136,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties – 50,000 of them are children – so this is truly kids helping kids … and it’s a beautiful thing to see.”
During the 2019 Students Change Hunger Recognition Event Thursday, Jan. 30, the schools will be recognized for their efforts to help Fulfill exceed the goal of raising 100,000 in food and funds this season, with the grand total coming in at 107,020.
Ocean Road Elementary School will be presented with the 1,500 Pound Club Award by Ms. Guadagno.
“Aside from the lessons taught in the classroom, Ocean Road also puts a focus on the importance of helping their local communities,” said Kate Irving, development coordinator at Fulfill.
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