PEA/PTA Food Drive kicks off Oct. 29; donations accepted at any PCSD school building
October 29, 2018
As we move closer to Thanksgiving and the holiday season, many in the community turn their attention to helping others who are less fortunate through a variety of benevolent donations and charitable causes.
In the Parma City School District, one annual tradition of giving back has been the annual PEA/PTA canned food drive, which directly benefits families in need in our three communities. This year, the food drive will kick off on Monday October 29, and run through Friday, November 9.
Donations can be made at any PCSD building. Other collection areas may include individual school PTA meetings along with planned school events. Check with each individual school.
The annual canned food drive truly makes a positive, local impact in our three communities.
“It’s important to us because it reaches the kids and families that we come in contact with every day,” Will Olexa, third grade teacher at Green Valley, said.
According to Olexa, the canned food drive benefitted approximately 67 different families last year. The goal is to assist approximately 70 to 80 families this year.
“We also know that whatever we don’t get to donate back to those families, it goes to the Parma Hunger Center which reaches even more families in the community,” Olexa added.
The food drive is targeting donations in the following areas:
- Fruit, vegetables
- Starches (pasta, rice, noodles, noodle packages, etc.)
- Meat or tuna products (canned pasta dinners, spaghetti sauce, etc.)
- Paper products
- Personal hygiene products
- Baking and dessert products
Monetary donations will also be accepted. Checks can be made out to Parma Education Association.
“With some of the people who help out, PEA members at the Hunger Center, there are families that unfortunately, can’t make it,” Olexa explained. “Sometimes we will actually deliver to where they are because they can’t drive, or they don’t have a car.”
Please consider making a donation through Friday, November 9 at any PCSD school building.
“It’s a direct line of help to those people that we care about and we see first and foremost,” Olexa said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Students and staff at Pleasantview First Step show off their food donations for the PEA/PTA Food Drive last year. Over 14,000 items were collected for local families during the two week food drive.