Nolanville Elementary School collected seven boxes bulging with donated food for a neighborhood pantry.

Newly elected student council officers Isabella Palmisano, Kosi Eneli and Ona Eneli were excited to send off the nonperishable products to benefit clients at the Nolanville Food Pantry.

Mary Faye McDonald, director of the pantry at 200 N. Main St., down the road from the school, was more than happy Monday to pick up the donation.

She said lately the small-town pantry has provided food for 100 families in each of its two monthly distribution days.

Distribution times are 3 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday.

A year ago, the nonprofit food bank moved to a roomier location with greater visibility, leading to the increase in clientele, she said.

The center has seen double the number of families it served during the same period last year.

For the students, the food drive begins a year of community service that includes a large food drive in November that the Killeen Independent School District helps coordinate in the schools.

“We do the district’s drive in November, but we wanted to do this for our community in Nolanville,” said Laura Kelley, kindergarten teacher and student council adviser at Nolanville Elementary.

“We like to start early teaching the importance of helping others,” said Kelley, noting that she talks to her kindergarten students about helping those who have less.

Fifth-grader Kosi, president of the student council, said the group worked to promote the drive among their friends and talked about it on their school television station, NES-TV.

The officers said they enjoyed helping others, particularly families in their community.

Kelley said the council would try to conduct a service project every month.

Seeing the school spring to action to help their neighbors was a welcome sight to McDonald.

“That’s what keeps us moving,” she said.

The pantry counts on the generosity of several churches and businesses and welcomes all nonperishable food donations. Those interested in helping may visit the pantry or call 254-698-6820.

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