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Huntington students help food bank

Nov. 10, 2012 @ 11:43 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Students in Huntington High School's theatre program helped the Huntington Area Food Bank in a big way last month.

During the month of October, students led a school-wide non-perishable food drive that resulted in 1,433 pounds being picked up on Nov. 1. And, on Oct. 29, the students donned Halloween costumes for a truck or treat event inside the Huntington Mall.

The effort was part of the International Thespian Society's "Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat" community service initiative.

The mall event brought in 1,810 pounds of non-perishable foods, which filled the bed of a truck provided by Turnpike Ford. An estimated 1,000 people went through the line, said theatre director Helen Freeman, adding that they ran out of candy four times.

She said students used about $500 in donations and other fundraising money to buy the candy, choosing to use it as a means to inspire the community to get involved in a worthy cause.

Erin Highlander, the interim development director for the Huntington Area Food Bank, said the more than 3,000 pounds of food can provide about 2,800 meals.

Some of the food, she said, may be disbursed to agencies in the eastern part of the state, which was devastated by the storms associated with Hurricane Sandy.

She also is asking the community to continue their generosity, as a number of businesses have requested barrels to collect canned foods.