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Philadelphia Catholic Schools Collect 30+ Tons of PB&J For Food Charities

(Students at Little Flower High School in Northeast Philadelphia show some of the jars of peanut butter and jelly collected for charity.  Credit: Mike Dougherty)

(Students at Little Flower High School in Northeast Philadelphia show some of the jars of peanut butter and jelly collected for charity. Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia today concluded its wildly successful “PB&J Goes A Long Way” food drive.

Together, the schools collected more than 65,000 pounds (32½ tons) of packaged peanut butter and jelly.

Ann Ayella, assistant director of nutritional development at Little Flower High School, in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, says their deliveryman has been very busy.

“It goes to 35 food cupboards in the Greater Philadelphia area; about half of them are in Philadelphia,” she says.

“At Little Flower, community service isn’t an obligation but it’s a privilege,” says senior Colleen Donnelly, president of the student community service committee (at right in photo).  “All the girls feel honored and so blessed to have this privilege to help others and fulfill our lives.”

And now the archdiocese is asking others to help with its next holiday food drive. Call a Catholic school near you to make a donation.

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