Students Collect Food Donations for Local Families

10 December 2019

The Caledonia Christian School in St. Johnsbury kicked off the holiday season with their 41st annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. For the past nine years, the school has partnered with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) to collect food donations for local families served by the department’s Family Services Division.

Students began their food drive by stapling a letter to 300 paper bags they then distributed to neighbors around the school. The letter asked neighbors to leave food in the bags and place them on their doorsteps for pick up.

Students picked up the bags, sorted the donations and put boxes of food together. Church members helped assemble the boxes, adding perishable items such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products just before they were ready to be delivered.

Thanks to the generosity of community members, staff and students at the school, over 30 boxes of food were distributed to local families this year.

“This is an incredible gift to give to our families,” says local Family Services District Director Emily Carrier. “We are so thankful the Caledonia Christian School thinks of our families every year and we’re grateful for the continued support of our community members.”

To learn how you can become a foster parent and other ways you can help children and families, please contact Carrie Deem, Resource Coordinator with DCF’s Family Services Division, at (802) 748-6677.

You can also find information about foster care online at

students with Thanksgiving baskets