• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford Christian students donate over 700 food items

Students at Woodford Christian School and Woodford Christian Preschool donated 677.4 pounds of food to the Food Pantry for Woodford County last Friday, Nov. 22. The over 700 nonperishable food items donated by students and their families helped replenish shelves at the food pantry. “We have more and more clients, new clients and just people in need,” said food pantry volunteer Nancy Redden. “Even though we collect (donations) daily and weekly, it dwindles quickly.” Jars of peanut butter, canned pasta and soups, as well as cereals donated by students will “really make a good meal for families” facing food insecurity, she explained. Students (60 preschoolers and 53 from Woodford Christian School) wanted to give back to the community, said Joni Edester, director/teacher at Woodford Christian Preschool. She said Redden gave them a list of needed nonperishable food items and students learned the value of giving to those less-fortunate. Edester said she was “extremely proud” when students were able to collect over 700 food items in just two weeks. “Giving is huge. That’s something we want (students) to learn how to do,” she explained. “… When they brought their bags (of donated food items) in, they were just very joyful that they had something to bring in and contribute.” A family of three receives 76 pounds of donated food when they come to the Food Pantry for Woodford County, so the 677.4 pounds donated by Woodford Christian schoolchildren will feed nine families, according to Sharon Hardin, the local food pantry’s executive director. “Helping others is a very natural part of the mission of our school,” Woodford Christian School teacher Carrie Cabell said. “So our students are more than eager to help those in need.” Redden thanked students for “every item you brought in here.” “… When you have your Thanksgiving this Thursday, be sure to thank the Lord for everything you have and being able to bring food here to help others.”

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