A festive meal for the holidays when times are hard can raise one's spirits, even if only for a little while. Can that spirit be encouraged to linger a while longer? Perhaps. Try participating in a program that provides the makings of festive holiday meals for families that can't afford them.
Menlo-Atherton High School's canned food drive began Wednesday, Nov. 2, and continues through Friday, Dec. 2 at several nearby grocery stores. The collected food -- typically two boxes of non-perishable food, a box of fresh vegetables and other perishable food, and a chicken -- will be delivered on Dec. 3 to hundreds of families, including several M-A families, the school says in announcing the program.
Participating is easy. Drop cans of food in barrels placed at participating grocery stores: Bianchini's Market in Ladera; Roberts Market in Portola Valley; Delucchi’s Market and Safeway in Redwood City; Mi Pueblo Supermarket in East Palo Alto; Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto; and Draeger's Market, Trader Joe's, Willows Market and Safeway (on El Camino Real and in Sharon Heights) in Menlo Park.
Students from M-A will be on hand at the barrels to note the items most needed and most requested.
To learn about other ways to help, visit the website of M-A's partner in this program, the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, click here. To make a donation, enter the words "high school" in the search box, and pick out M-A from the list of participating high schools.