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In the second annual Trick or Canning food drive, Pinkerton Academy student council members collected 1,384 items on Halloween for the New Hampshire Food Bank.
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
DERRY — In the second annual Trick or Canning food drive, Pinkerton Academy student council members collected 1,384 items on Halloween for the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Forty-eight student council members participated in the effort in each of the high school’s sending towns, said Student Council President Devin McMahon.She was on hand Monday with council members Marielle Brunelle and Ashley Palmer as the Food Bank prepared to collect the items from the high school. Shopping bags and boxes full of the canned goods and other items covered part of a room in the Ek Science Building.
The student council borrowed the idea of Trick or Canning from Timberlane Regional High School, the students said. Taking a systematic approach, they said they were better organized this year and were able to double last year’s efforts.

This year, they had fliers made in advance and posted them in the various neighborhoods to alert residents to the canning drive. They also posted the information in advance on the school’s website. The council members said they received a positive reception during the drive and some residents seemed eager to donate.

“We had people invite us into their homes and empty out their pantries — it was awesome,” said Palmer, the council’s historian. Council Advisor John Breda, who assisted in the effort, said the Food Bank has been extremely grateful for the students’ efforts to assist the needy.

“In my communication with them they’ve been very thankful,” Breda said.A program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, the New Hampshire Food Bank is the only food bank in the state. The organization works to provide food and resources to hundreds of thousands of Granite State residents who are food insecure, according to its website.

For more information, go to nhfoodbank.org or call 669-9725.

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