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Middle School Hosts Food Drive for Local Food Pantry
On Thursday, February 18, Middle School students donated 56 bags of food to the Centre Street Food Pantry (CSFP) after holding a food drive. CSFP’s mission is to provide consistent access to nutritious food with kindness and dignity.

Collected in homerooms and TAG teams, the bags of food will be distributed through CSFP’s Kids Club Food Drive program, which helps food insecure children in the local community. The Kids Club gives children extra food for breakfast and lunch as well as snacks. Kids Club bags give children easy access to food that helps them grow and learn. CSFP, located less than one mile from Newton Country Day, gives out 100 bags (to 100 children) every two weeks.

“What I enjoyed most about this service project was knowing that we were able to help our community,” commented N. Andrade ’25. “It is always good to know that your community is able to support you especially in times of need. It is important that we all do something good out of the kindness of our hearts.”

When the eight and fifth graders helped load the food into the school vans for delivery, it was remarkable to see all of our donations in one place because we fully appreciated how much food we had collected,” said Director of Middle School Students Diane Popeo. “I was so proud of the Middle School for their generosity, energy, and ability to see beyond themselves in this difficult time. When we dropped off the food, there were little children coming in and out of the pantry, and my heart was full knowing that our community was helping other children who live so close to us. I think we sometimes forget that we have so many food insecure children right in our backyard.”