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German School Fifth-Graders Visit Food Bank

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Kids got a chance to help sort donated food as White Plains students from the German School of New York's fifth-grade class visited the Food Bank for Westchester on Tuesday.

Some students brought donations of canned and dry foods, which weighed in at more than 100 pounds, said Mariaanna Zose, grade 5a homeroom teacher.

Nancy Lyons, resource/volunteer coordinator for the Food Bank, gave the kids a tour of the Elmsford facility. They learned that about 200,000 Westchester residents rely on the Food Bank, a third of whom are children under the age of 18, Zose said.

"It's unbelievable how many people need help. And I think it was so important for the students to raise awareness and to learn how blessed they are in their lives," she said.

Students also helped separate food donations, including their own.

"They have an area where they have foods that are divided up into different categories, and the kids had to put the donation into the right spots," Zose said. "The kids really liked it. It was amazing."

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