Canajoharie schools collect enough food donations to fill a bus

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Usually at the end of the school day students fill the buses to go home. On Tuesday in Canajoharie, the buses left filled to the brim, not with students, but with donated food.

Since the first day of the school year, the Canajoharie Central School District set out on a mission to hold a food drive to collect enough food to fill an entire school bus.

Hoping to catch the attention of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, the school district named the campaign “Food with Fallon.”

Over the past 77 days, the campaign collected enough food items to fill a school bus, and then some.

History teacher Phil Horender says the response was overwhelming.

“The entire school district all the way down to our youth soccer league, swim club, it’s really manifested itself into everybody in the community pitching in,” said Horender. “It’s been exactly what we’d hoped it would be, but it’s really kind of exceeded our expectations.”

The food will be delivered to three charitable organizations and also benefit families in need in the Canajoharie School District throughout the year.

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