Annunciation food drive aims to Fill the Bus

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Annunciation sixth-grader Zach Beligotti carries a box of cereal as part of the school’s Fill the Bus food drive campaign. The goal is to fill the bus with non-perishable food and drive it to the Ministerial Outreach food pantry for delivery on Monday.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

What started as a simple food drive has turned into an all-out campaign to help the needy for Thanksgiving.

Annunciation Catholic School and Church has started a Fill the Bus Food Drive, with the non-perishable food to be donated to the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Outreach food pantry.

Jody Fennell, who heads up the Havelock school’s Interact Club, said the group’s parent club, the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club, suggested a food drive as a project for the students.

“It went from one thing to the other,” he said. “They said there was a real need for food, that they were out of food or nearly out of food. And then it turned into filling the bus.”

Fennell said Teresa Rodney, who works at the church, came up with the idea of filling the school’s activity bus with food and then driving it over to the food pantry.

“I noticed that a lot of other schools do it across the country,” she said. “If it goes well, maybe we can continue it for Christmas or make it an annual thing.”

Anyone wishing to help with the drive can drop off non-perishable food from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday at the school office. Rodney said someone would be on hand during Sunday church services from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. to collect food as well.

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