FARMINGTON — Students from Mallett and Cascade Brook schools recently participated in the annual Helping Hands food drive.

Students have been collecting food in their classrooms since the beginning of November. Donations were received from more than 600 students. This year’s collection brought in about 2,400 pounds of food.

The donated food makes its way to the Care and Share Food Closet, where volunteers unload the food and get it ready for distribution during busy Thanksgiving pick-ups. About 1,200 individuals will have access to the food at the pantry.

Fifteen retired teachers helped sort and box food at the Farmington Community Center. Four high school volunteers packed the truck with boxes and four from the pantry unloaded the food.

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