Homestead holds food drive for families affected by pandemic

Homestead High School is helping its families in need Dec. 2 with a food drive on campus at 21370 Homestead Road in Cupertino.

The Associated Student Body and the PTSA at Homestead, which enrolls Cupertino and Sunnyvale residents, are looking to aid 120 families through their food pantry program. The pantry is intended to supplement the Fremont Union High School District’s food services program, which provides pre-packed breakfast and lunch for a week at a time for those ages 18 and younger.

The Food Pantry launched earlier this fall in response to the pandemic’s economic impact on some Homestead famllies. In its first few weeks of operation, the pantry collected more than 1,500 items, along with $7,000 in donations to purchase more food and basic items.

“We created this program since we had students not show up to online classes because they had to work in places like KFC, where they can bring leftover food to the family,” said Homestead PTSA President Maya Bronicki. “We thought it was unacceptable to live in a community where some people don’t have enough food and worked with the school to identify families who need this support.”

Pantry organizers will be accepting donations of unopened, non-perishable food items with expiration dates after the Dec. 2 event date. Cleaning supplies and personal care items will also be accepted.

Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made through the PTSA Direct Appeal at www.tinyurl.com/HHSPTSA20-21. These funds will be used to buy items to supplement care packages that are distributed to families in need.

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To donate items, bring them to Homestead’s staff parking lot on the corner of Mary Avenue and Homestead Road from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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