UNITY students organize food drive donation, partners with Endicott PD

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT

ENDICOTT (WBNG) - “We’re just raising as much as we can to support our community,” said Jasmine Perry, a student with UNITY.

UNITY students with Union-Endicott Central School District have partnered with the Endicott Police Department for food drive collection. UNITY members aren’t strangers to setting up similar efforts. “We did a prior food drive at United Methodist Church right over in Endicott like on that side there,” said Cailee Andreorio, a student with UNITY. “I believe we raised over 300 pounds of food. So we’re hoping to have a good turnout here but this is the UNITY food drive 2.0.”

While Endicott PD dropped off items for this week’s collection, Chief Patrick Garey mentioned how UNITY discovered the community is in need. “They identified the need and found out that the pantries were a little bit low and felt like they could help out,” said Chief Garey.

With the decision to team up to help food be on every table, the chief addressed the connection built through the effort. “It’s a really important partnership. Just making sure that, first of all, we understand the youth perspective,” he said. “And also so that we can get to know them, they can get to know us, and you break down barriers.”

This is just the latest outreach effort as UNITY students do many community improvement projects throughout the year using Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Signature Program. “UNITY is an ongoing program, we’re a civic engagment club,” said Andreorio. “A lot of projects we do revolve around mental health. This is one we do more community service.”

If unable to come by June 7 or June 8, Chief Garey told 12 News residents can stop by the department’s Park Street location the rest of the week during normal business hours to make a donation.

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