As the pandemic continues, food banks report seeing a record increase in the number of people needing help. Roughly 4 in 10 people visiting food banks had not received food assistance before the pandemic. Moved by this sobering information, fifth grade students at Brookwood School spearheaded a food drive to benefit local non-profit, Beverly Bootstraps, in order to fill the gaps in supply due to the increased demands during the pandemic. 

Fifth graders taught younger students about food insecurity and then called on the entire school community, including the Parents’ Association, to “fill the bus” with food. The result of their efforts was one of the largest single-day donations Beverly Bootstraps has seen in its history — 2,119 pounds! 

Deb Plozay of Beverly Bootstraps remarked, “All the planning, teaching, encouraging, inspiring… it filled our shelves! So grateful to be the recipient of [Brookwood’s] great efforts!”