Woodside Helps Feed 140,000 Families!

Roughly 1 out of 5 people will go without a meal daily.  That is like Woodside’s entire 5th grade going without a meal each day.  

Under the leadership of Laura Metzler & Michele DeLuccia, both Woodside parents, Woodside families participated in a fabulous program through The Outreach Program to engage kids and parents in feeding the hungry in New Jersey.

On May 17, approximately 75 parents volunteers, 30 students from the FAMS PLC (Peer Leadership Corp) and numerous teachers joined the approximately 280 Woodside students to help package non-perishable meals for families in need.

Woodside packaged 35,000 meals on May 17. Combined with the meals packaged by High Mountain Road school at their food-packaging event, the District packaged 75,000 meals! The collective effort will feed more than 300,000 families.  Woodside’s contribution will feed more than 140,000 families (based on a family of 4).

New Jersey Food and Clothing Rescue out of Passaic came and picked up the 125 boxes of packaged meals. It took roughly 1 hour to load it all. They will be using many of the meals for the direct community outreach they do weekly (every Saturday & Sunday) in both Newark and Patterson. They are sharing the remaining meals with other agencies with whom they have close relationships.


Laura Metzler & Michele DeLuccia, Woodside’s Change the World co-chairs. They stepped up and brought life to this program at Woodside. Few will know how much work they did.

Mrs. Larubbio, Woodside’s Art teacher, for making an AMAZING banner that hung in our gymnasium during the food-packaging event. Each class took a group photo taken in front of the banner.

Jose, Woodside’s amazing custodian. He was instrumental to our efforts as this event required a great deal of set up and processing of many boxes of food and supplies.

Mrs. Magnusen, WAS Guidance Counselor, and Mrs.Jameson, WAS Principal, were also instrumental in making the day run smoothly

All of our parent volunteers who supported our various fundraisers.

Liz Barbagallo and Debbie Lineburg, WAS Administrative Staff, for helping us manage the money, flyers and questions.

Mr. Henshaw, WAS Gym Teacher, for giving up his gymnasium to support this special event.

While this program was not a PTA-run program, we still wanted to sing the praises of the work done by our fantastic parents and kids. The WAS PTA aims to bring our community together, and this program did just that. Hats off to everyone who made it possible.

If you have any interest in helping Woodside lead this program next year, please contact Laura Metzler or Michele DeLuccia.