Members of Zion United Lutheran Church's Sunday school in Brodheadsville set a goal for themselves and reached it in record time.
They initiated a "Can-A-Day" as their mission project for 2014.
They wanted to collect 365 cans of food or food items before Lent began. They exceeded their goal by collecting 431 items. They will continue collecting through Easter.
"They learned through the study of the Bible how much they have and others don't. They wanted to help feed those that don't," said co-superintendent Sue Bochantin.
All the items were donated to the local food pantry at Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network.
In addition to collecting food items, members of the Sunday school prepared their first meal last Sunday for clients of the Family Promise program that Zion has a been part of for the past six years. The youth made meatballs and spaghetti, salad and cookies for three adults and three children.
"The kids are fantastic. They eat things like this right up. We try to keep the kids as active in the church and community as much as possible," says Bochantin, who shares the superintendent position with Diane Kitchen.
Carson Sinisko said it made him feel good to be able to help feed people.
Ali Bochantin said, "I feel it's a really good lesson in how to serve God, but also helps us understand what compassion is."
Jake Gethen said he learned a lesson from collecting food and preparing a meal and serving it to the Family Promise clients.
"We're so lucky to have what we have."