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Students, instructors help food bank get ready to distribute

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School students sort out cans during a recent stop at the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh Middle School students sort out cans during a recent stop at the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.
Published December 14. 2010 05:00PM

They work in unison to ensure those less fortunate aren't forgotten.

Welcome to the Northern Lehigh Food Bank, where nobody goes away hungry.

In preparation for the Christmas holiday, volunteers at the food bank were joined on Friday by 22 students and four instructors from Northern Lehigh Middle School.

From the time they arrived at the Washington Township-based food bank, the students and instructors helped volunteers set up so that families could pick up their food this past Saturday.

Seventh-grader Daniel Patterson said he enjoyed the activity immensely.

"It's great to help out, and to do things for other people," Patterson said. "It helps people that really don't have anything, and it's fun."

Fellow seventh-grader Makiah Romanky said she feels a sense of satisfaction to know her work will help others in the end.

"I think it's better to be helping other people rather than to be helping us," Romansky said. "It's better to do things for other people, because it comes from the heart."

Dale Breyfogle, food bank director, said this year marks the first time students from the middle school have assisted the food bank during the holiday season.

Just last month, Breyfogle said another group of students from the middle school helped in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"If those kids work as hard as the last group of kids did, this will be extremely successful," she said. "They helped at Thanksgiving, and they're going to be helping at Easter also."

Breyfogle said it takes that type of support from the community to enable the food bank to serve the families in need.

"It used to take us all day; with the students, it takes two hours," she said. "It's amazing how this community supports each other by coming together."

In November alone, Breyfogle said the food bank fed 1,084 people, or 360 families, and expects to feed even more than that this month.

Because of donations and money from the community, Breyfogle said the food ends up being free.

"We have wonderful people in this area that support us all year long," she said. "We have hundreds of volunteers."

Breyfogle noted the food bank will be closed from Dec. 22 through Jan. 4.

Anyone with questions may contact the food bank at 610-767-9525.

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