Food donations for local families

By Dave Sherry

Food donations for local families

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

Town of Union, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Students and staff at Johnson City Schools spent November and December donating food for local families.

Boxes including canned goods and non-perishables were sent out Thursday to 52 families who depend on daily school lunches.

Without these donations, they would struggle to make it through the two week long vacation.

"This year is really unique," Johnson City Middle School principal Joseph Guccia said. "We have two full weeks of school off this year for our vacation and we know that we have many families here in our school who depend upon school meals to feed their children. So this will help them to supplement and fill their needs throughout the course of those two weeks."

"We know that this obviously helps the families who need it, but we also get a great benefit for our students who recognize the importance of helping others," Guccia added.

"It's not good to have too much, but to have as much as you need instead of having a lot and then give to people who need it," Joshyua Coa, an 8th grader at Johnson City Middle School, said.

It wasn't just the staff and students who donated to the cause.

The Johnson City Fire Department gave about $200 worth of food and the Choconut Center United Methodist Church contributed more than 100 bags full.

Donations also came in from Country Valley Industries, KiKi Hair Salon, U-Haul and Rogers Trucking, Dunkin Donuts and Rossi's Pizza.

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