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QV Middle School Food Drive Aids Center for Hope

With less than two weeks until Christmas, students dropped off donations to the Ambridge-based food pantry that were collected in a school-wide food drive.

Sue Otto was excited to see the half dozen students arrive from Quaker Valley Middle School to deliver laundry baskets filled with food.

The group of eighth-grade student council members delivered a box truck of food donations Thursday that were collected in a school-wide food drive. In all, 35 baskets and 25 bags were delivered.

Otto, executive director of the Center for Hope in Ambridge, said the center broke a record last month in helping 534 individuals, 243 being families in need.

"Most people at the food pantry, they really have no choice. They need to be here," she said.

Otto explained to students that their donations make it possible for the food pantry to serve those individuals, many of them children, elderly or disabled. She described their service as having a ripple effect. 

"You are a piece of what we do here to help people feel comfortable and fed," Otto told the students in thanking them for the support.

Students in grades six through eight donated a variety of foods such as soups, cereal and jars of spaghetti sauce for the annual food drive under the direction of Student Council advisor R.J. Long, social studies teacher.

Long said the project involved volunteer work from 10 to 15 kids over two weeks and about 25 to 30 volunteer hours. 

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