St. James students collect 1,900 pounds of food _lowres

Photo provided by HELEN BUTTS -- St. James Episcopal Day School students, from left, Millie Veillon, Anna Katherine Harrell and Anna Kurtz help load the 1,900 pounds of food collected at the school's food drive.

St. James Episcopal Day School students collected 1,900 pounds of food for the Shepherd’s Market Food Pantry in less than three weeks for a schoolwide outreach project.

Each student was given a reusable shopping bag with a list of needed items attached. The students brought in items like peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, paper towels and toilet paper to drop off in the designated bins around campus.

On March 2, the fifth-grade students helped load the food. The students filled a pickup and an SUV with food and supplies. A group of student volunteers then helped stock the shelves at the pantry.

“The students’ desire to help those around them never ceases to amaze me. It is humbling to watch them serve those in their community so selflessly through these projects,” said school counselor Elizabeth Singletary.

The Shepherd’s Market Food Pantry is at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. It feeds an average of 35 families per day.