Gahanna Lincoln High School National Honor Society (NHS) students collected cans of food on Halloween to treat Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN).
National Honor Society president Brandon Muschlitz told ThisWeek the group collected about 1,235 canned goods and delivered them to the food pantry at Mifflin Presbyterian Church on Nov. 5.
"National Honor Society has been trick-or-treating for cans every year for quite a few years now," Muschlitz said. "We want to provide service to the community in every way we can.
"Gahanna Residents In Need is a wonderful local organization that our members are more than willing to collect for."
He said NHS is just one of many high school service organizations that donate to GRIN.
"Our members are very loyal and were willing to battle the rain and wind for their cans," he said. "This year, NHS has also worked with Royal Manor Elementary School and will be assisting them on their annual Math Night."
Gahanna-Jefferson public-information officer Michael Straughter said all 70 students wore their gray NHS T-shirts during the informal food drive on Halloween.
Community members still may contribute directly to GRIN by calling 614-471-4491, ext. 61, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A food drive will be held the day of the Holiday Lights! parade Nov. 23, when donations will be collected from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville St.
Sandy Weber, a food-pantry worker, said GRIN has been distributing about 40 boxes of food every month to families in need.