Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the food pantry of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF) is benefitting from food drives in all of the city’s public elementary schools. The BEOF is Bayonne’s community action agency. Mayor Smith said, “I would like to thank the students, teachers, and administrators of the Bayonne public elementary schools for supporting the BEOF’s food pantry. Their generosity will help people in need throughout the community.” BEOF Executive Director Ana Quintela said, “The BEOF is very grateful for the support of everyone in our public elementary schools. Your contributions of non-perishable food will help needy families get through difficult times.”
Dr. Patricia L. McGeehan, Superintendent of Schools, said, “The success of the elementary food drive is attributed to the leadership of the principals and their relationships with the student councils. The moderators instill the importance of local pride and community service in the students, while at the same time providing a valuable service for families in need.”
The food drives have sports-related themes. During the run-up to the Super Bowl, two schools, LincolnCommunitySchool and NicholasOreskoSchool, held food drives connected to the Big Game. At those two schools, students who brought in cans of food for the drive were allowed to wear football jerseys to class.
The remaining nine public elementary schools are holding food drives with a March Madness theme, related to the basketball tournaments sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Those drives will continue until late March. Students who donate food through their schools will be allowed to wear basketball shirts to class.
The public schools taking part in the March Madness food drive are HenryE.HarrisSchool, PhilipG.VroomSchool, Dr. Walter F. Robinson School, MaryJ.DonohoeSchool, HoraceMannSchool, Midtown Community School, Washington Community School, WoodrowWilsonSchool, and JohnM.BaileySchool.