West Orange students lend a helping hand for the hungry

Christina Giannantonio |The Star-Ledger
Washington Elementary School students

[nj.com] WEST ORANGE, NJ - 

On May 22 students at Washington Elementary School carried on a seven-year tradition at the school when they lined up to help feed the hungry.

The students stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside of the school, forming a human chain to pass along the food they collected during their "Souper Bowl" food drive to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, which is located across the street from the school.

According to teacher Linda Perna, this year approximately 1,000 cans of food were collected and passed via the human chain across Franklin Avenue, which was temporarily closed by the West Orange police for the occasion.

Teacher Jenn Tarullo came up with the idea for the food chain seven years ago after hearing of another school that had done one with success. "Realizing we had a food pantry right across the street, it seemed like a perfect fit," said Tarullo. "Students love collecting and passing the food. They feel like they are doing something hands-on that is helping others."