Students Collecting Donations For Thanksgiving Baskets

MANCHESTER – The Peer Leadership Program at Manchester Township High School is again holding its Helping Hands for Hunger project.

The students involved collect donations to provide Thanksgiving food baskets. They reach out to local businesses and individuals for donations, and then enlist the help of school groups and teams to fill the baskets.

The district is asking that the public not call the coordinator to ask to receive a basket.

Donations can be dropped off at the high school. Donation boxes will also be around town at local businesses and home football games.

Students pack donations into baskets to give to local families in need at Thanksgiving time. (Photo courtesy Manchester Township School District)

Items needed include:

  • 250 Turkeys
  • 200 Fresh pineapples
  • 600 Medium-large onions
  • 200 bags Potatoes 5 lbs. bag (Russet) or Instant Potatoes in a box or bag
  • 400 bags Carrots 1 lb. bag (small carrots in a bag)
  • 200 bunch Bananas (6-8 in bunch)
  • 200 dozen Large eggs – 1 dz
  • 200 boxes Butter ~ 1 lb. box
  • 800 of each Apples (400 red delicious apples, 400 granny smith)
  • 200 Pies (apple, pumpkin, lemon meringue, etc..)
  • 500 14.5 oz cans of whole green beans
  • 500 10.5 oz cans of turkey gravy
  • 500 15 oz cans of mixed vegetables or peas
  • 500 15 oz of whole kernel; golden sweet corn
  • 250 16 oz can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 250 16 oz can of whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 500 boxes Pasta; Spaghetti
  • 250 boxes Stove Top Turkey Stuffing
  • 250 pkgs Dinner rolls
  • 250 Round Laundry Baskets from Dollar Store

For more information on how to help, contact Lisa Vecchione at the high school at 732-657-2121 or, or visit