100K Meals: Essex Intermediate School

TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. (WRIC) — The second week of the 100K Meals Campaign has kicked off.

With all of the donations pouring in, the campaign still needs help from the community. Matt DiNardo recently traveled to Essex Intermediate School where the students organized a food drive to help out.

“I am beyond proud of our students. This is a hard area and we love our kids and they love each other and we want to help in any way we can,” said Amanda Tolley Essex Intermediate School English teacher.

Two students joined the Puritan Cleaners 100K Meal Campaign Period. The first of the two, Julia, saw Matt Dinardo’s plea on TV asking for help from the community and acted right after.

“I told my mother and she had an idea…get all of the school to do the drive,” Julia said.

Julia then brought the idea to the president of the student council.

“She brought the idea to us and then we made posters and we hung them up around school and we made announcements for everyone to bring cans in so we could feed people in Central Va. that needed food,” Makayla said.

The students of Essex Intermediate School led by Julia and the entire student council responded and went above and beyond their initial goal of 1,000 cans of food. It touched the heart of everyone in the school and the community.

“It is incredibly rewarding. I cannot explain how rewarding it is to see one of our own students latch onto something and want to help in such a large way. And to get our student council involved, and then to get our entire student body involved, to get our families involved and the community,” said Mrs. Gentry, Essex Intermediate School Principal.

Matt DiNardo says that seeing this much support and hard work gives him joy inside and that it is wonderful.

Over 2,200 cans of food, beans, vegetables and other staple items like tuna were collected from the students at the school.

As for the rest of Central Va., people are encouraged to donate and continue to help the cause. You can donate online at wric.com; this is a secure online donation and remember, $5 equals 25 meals. If interested in donating, drop off donations at any Puritan Cleaners location.

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