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The student council and principal of P.S. 83, 49th Precinct police offi cers, and the precinct council’s
president Joe Thompson stand on Thursday, December 20 with a display of just some of what are literally
tons of food collected from the Morris Park school’s students for the 49th Precinct Annual Holiday
Food Drive. Schneps Community News Group / Patrick Rocchio
49th Precinct annual food
drive helps fi ght hunger
BY PATRICK ROCCHIO
An annual community effort to feed the
hungry during the holidays was a resounding
success again this year.
The 49th Precinct’s Annual Holiday Food
Drive, a community staple for 15 years, has
again delivered approximately 17,000 pounds
of food to two pantries servicing the public in
the precinct’s service area.
The 49th Precinct Community Council
has long sponsored the drive, which grew
out of a need for food during the holidays, at a
time when most other drives shift to collecting
toys for youngsters, he said.
“I was asked early on at the precinct council
for food for Christmas and the holidays.
Most food drives are done at Thanksgiving,
so that’s why we created this drive,” said
Thompson. “The same people who are hungry
at Thanksgiving are hungry at Christmas.”
The donations were collected from P.S.
83, P.S. 108, P.S. 105, Van Nest Academy, Cub
Scout Pack #162, as well as cops and civilians
at the 49th Precinct and Maestro’s Caterers,
which donated turkeys to senior programs at
four NYCHA developments, said Thompson.
The cub scouts stood outside Big Deal Supermarket
in Morris Park for several hours
on Saturday, December 15 and collected nonperishable
food, said Thompson.
This year, food wholesaler Osem Group
donated three large pallets of food product,
which were trucked in from New Jersey, according
to drive organizers.
Students at P.S. 83 collected the largest
amount of food this year, with the Osem
Group donation arranged through one of the
school’s teacher’s spouses, said school principal
The company has donated in the past, said
Members of the P.S. 83 Student Council
helped load the items that the school collected
into vans that police offi cers David Lepore,
Tyrone Mederos and Juan Sanchez drove to
the Bronx Jewish Community Council’s food
pantry on Thursday, December 20.
Additional food was also supplied to a
smaller pantry at St. Lucy’s Church, said
Student council leaders president Dionne
Dusaj, vice-president Nazifa Ali, secretary
Scarlett Harriet and treasurer Anatoli Velikov
went from classroom to classroom imploring
their peers to donate to the school’s
drive after Thanksgiving, said Dusaj.
Velikov and Dusaj both said that the drive
made them feel good to witness how much
goodness there was in the world, while Harriet
said it showed how much people care.
“I am happy to see that people in our
school want to help people in need and want
them to be happy,” said Ali.
Muccino also said that he personally encouraged
the students via his morning announcements
to contribute to the cause.
“We want to teach our students to be
global citizens,” said the principal. “I made
an announcement every day, asking the students
to remember those in need in our community.”
Besides collecting a large amount of food
to fi ght hunger on a grassroots level in the
precinct’s own communities, the annual effort
supports the precinct council’s ultimate
goal of bettering police and community relations,
“Police cannot accept donations of money
for anything, not even to buy food for the
needy, and their manpower is better used
elsewhere in fi ghting crime,” said Thompson.
“The council does the leg work on this
food drive that the police cannot do; that’s
what we are here for.”
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