If you noticed a colorful, lively group of kids dressed in red and gray lining Main Street in downtown Napa Monday afternoon, what you were seeing was scores of young philanthropists helping their hungry neighbors.
From kindergartners to teens, the entire student body of St. John the Baptist Catholic School formed a "bucket brigade" along the street, passing along canned and packaged foods donated by their families for the Napa Food Bank.
At the end of the line, in front of Veterans Memorial Park, a smiling Shirley King from the Napa Food Bank loaded barrels filled with food into the Food Bank truck.
When it was all weighed up, the St. John's food drive added 769 pounds of food to the Food Bank's resources for feeding hungry Napa County residents, said school principal Nancy Jordan.
The food drive was an effort to both help the Food Bank and "recognize the need to feed the hungry during all times of the year, not just during the holidays," Jordan said.
It was also the kickoff to a series of special events celebrating Catholic Schools Week, including an open house Thursday evening and concluding Friday when parent volunteers will be honored with doughnuts at morning drop-off time, Jordan continued.
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