Throughout the months of September and October, William Annin Middle School's students, faculty and families joined together in the fight against hunger in America.
The WAMS community stepped up to the challenge in full force, donating enough food and non-perishable items to fill up four car loads to donate to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County.
Students in the eighth grade current events classes made daily announcements to the school population over the public announcement system and also before the lunch periods to encourage their classmates to bring in items for donation.
These students and others then went further and helped the teachers load their cars during their own free time.
With about 1,500 students attending William Annin Middle School, collecting well over 700 items is very impressive, said teacher Deirdre Bachler.
Teachers, despite the additional responsibilities and paperwork with TEACHNJ, were a huge part of encouraging their classes and homerooms to donate. The staff is very proud that their students practice citizenship and the character value of caring for others through this very successful food drive.
Thanks to the William Annin students, faculty and families, the Somerset County Food Bank now has so much more to offer to families in need.
In this country alone, 50 million people are hungry even though there is more than enough food to feed every man, woman and child. Every day, one out of six people and — even worse —more than one in five children battle with hunger in America, Bachler pointed out.
September is Hunger Action month when, according to the website for the Community Food Bank Network of New Jersey the goal is to “mobilize the public to act on behalf of Feeding America and our food bank network” in an overall effort to help stop hunger across America.