With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continuing to negatively impact donations to food pantries around the town and across the nation, Huntington High School’s student government stepped up to the plate and smacked a grand slam, providing enough non-perishable items to feed dozens of community members who would otherwise go hungry.
“Student government officers made a large donation today to the Community Food Council’s food pantry as part of our annual Stuff the Bus food drive,” faculty advisor David Moriarty said. “Over the last three Saturdays, our officers have solicited donations of non-perishables and toiletries outside King Kullen in Halesite from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are so grateful for the generosity from the patrons and staff of King Kullen.”
Student government officers gathered at the high school last weekend to organize the items that were collected and load them on a large school bus that Huntington Coach Corp donated for the day. The teenagers worked hard to “stuff the bus” before the all boarded it and headed off to the Community Food Council’s facility at 90 E. 5th Street in Huntington Station.
“Thanks to Steve Schwartz of the Community Food Council and Kevin Thorbourne, the town’s director of minority affairs for helping coordinate the drop,” Mr. Moriarty said. “I’m really proud of our officers for their hard work today and their dedication over the last few weeks.”
The teenagers took delight in being able to help others who need it. “Stuff the Bus was such a great experience,” said Reese Rinaldi, treasurer of Huntington’s Class of 2024. “I was able to see how much my fellow officers and I were helping the community.”