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CSD Collaborating with Keneseth Israel, Community Members on Glenside Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive With Thanksgiving right around the corner, food collection efforts for local in-need families have kicked into high gear. For its 17th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Glenside Rotary has partnered with CSD, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and community members to collect enough food to distribute more than 100 turkeys and baskets.

With the economic instability COVID-19 has brought to the country, and specifically to Cheltenham, many are hurting. Now more than ever, communities must help their own. Rotary’s goal is to provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal to Cheltenham School District families, complete with a turkey, potatoes and fixings. Items being collected include canned vegetables, cranberries and gravy, boxed stuffing and potatoes and cornbread mix. CSD Elementary Home and School Visitor Jen Mosher will organize a list of families to receive the turkeys and baskets. Below are specifics about how to make donations.

  • After conversations about local food insecurity and its causes, Nate Kelly and his Cedarbrook Middle School seventh grade friends Nate Batiancilla, Alan Fazio, Billy Fishman, Finn Kopp and Micah Millis have banded together to help the cause. By partnering with CHS National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society students and other CSD families, the boys have created neighborhood networks of volunteers who will make rounds to collect food drive items left on porches. The boys have been distributing flyers throughout the township in an effort to grow the network. Collections will run from November 1-20. If you are a student interested in hosting a food drive in your neighborhood, contact Terri Kelly.

  • A vibrant and inclusive synagogue community and Philadelphia mainstay for more than 170 years, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel is also collecting items for the food drive. Those making donations should bring their items KI's circle drive at 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Park, ring the bell, and wait until someone answers and asks to leave your donation in the alcove, just inside the door. KI is accepting donations through Friday, Nov. 20.

  • Collection boxes have been set outside Glenside Elementary (400 Harrison Ave., Glenside) and Cheltenham Elementary (7853 Front St., Cheltenham). The boxes will be emptied each day. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 20.