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Students help out food drive held in memory of local fallen soldier

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Cars filled with boxes of food left Herkimer Elementary School Thursday headed to local food pantries. The 8th annual Herkimer County food drive took on another name this year, in memory of fallen Staff Sergeant Marc Anthony Scialdo. The Herkimer native was killed in Afghanistan 2 weeks ago.

Although the Staff Sergeant was living in Florida at the time, organizers say they held the food drive in his name to remember him in the community he's from.

"We have golf tournaments in memory of our fallen, bike rodeos in memory, so you can do any type of community project and name it after one of our fallen stars to keep their memories alive," said Ray Lenarcic, Founder of the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition.

The students were eager to help various elementary schools in Herkimer County collected canned food all week long to be given out to those in need.

"Pantries in this county have cranked out over the last four years over a half million meals and ten years ago only distributing about 60,000," said Lenarcic. "You can see the importance of and the need for projects like this."

Organizers estimate thousands of dollars worth of food was collected with the drive. The food will now go to 6 food pantries across the county.

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