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PTO, Teachers' Union Sponsoring Food Drive

Gift cards, food will be donated to local families.

The Wayne Council of Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) is running a food drive to help local families.

The PTO is asking residents to donate gift cards from local grocery stores to help residents purchase food and other necessities.

Residents can bring gift cards valued between $5 and $25 to kindergarten orientation events at the following elementary schools:

  • Theunis Dey April 19
  • Pines Lake, April 24
  • Randall Carter, April 26
  • James Fallon, April 27
  • A.P. Terhune, May 4
  • Packanack, May 21
  • Ryerson, June 8.

Cash will not be accepted, only gift cards.

“We just want to help families who need help,” said Janine Del Vecchio, co-president of the council.

Gift cards and food from the PTO’s food bank will be donated to families who request the help through their child’s school nurse. Nurses then call one of the food bank chairpersons and the food is delivered to the school. Families may remain anonymous through the process.

The food bank is only operational during the school year and is open only to Wayne residents. It is located at 

The food drive is being conducted in cooperation with the Wayne Education Association (WEA). The WEA represents the school district's employees.

The WEA will donate $1,500 so the PTO can purchase items for the food pantry. 

“We’re pleased to work with the PTO to help our students and the community,” said Sean Spiller, WEA president. “We need to help take care of all of our students and their families. We’re happy to do whatever we can.”

For more information e-mail Del Vecchio or Co-President Karen Marron at waynecouncilofptos@yahoo.com.

Lorraine April 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It is nice to see these two groups working together for a very worthwhile cause.
Karen M April 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We'd like to thank Eileen and Susan, Food Bank Co-Chairs, for their daily hard work and dedication in getting the orders our to our families! We also want to thank our school nurses. This program is anonymous and we couldn't help without our nurses.
Janine Del Vecchio April 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thank you. Our address is: Wayne Council of PTOs 50 Nellis Drive Wayne, NJ 07470
Karen Stack April 26, 2012 at 02:40 AM
It's nice to see how well the parents and teachers work together!
Karen Stack April 26, 2012 at 02:40 AM
It's nice to see parents and teachers working together. It's a cause that affects everyone.

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