Porter-Gaud students recently ran the 23rd annual Easter Food Drive.

The school’s service program sponsored a schoolwide dress-down day in March and in October to pay for the program. About $2,000 worth of groceries were ordered from the Piggly Wiggly distribution center to help provide for these families.

More than 40 students sorted the groceries from Piggly Wiggly into brown bags. Each family received a $5 Piggly Wiggly gift card, an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, sugar, grits and a selection of sweets including a cake and cookies.

After the groceries were organized into bags, students received maps and directions to the homes. Students loaded six bags of groceries into their cars and spent the rest of the afternoon delivering and visiting with more than 30 families of the Sea Islands.

The program was started by Claire Bergstrom and Chaplain Morey Lent in 1990 to help families in need on Johns, Wadmalaw and James islands following the destruction of Hurricane Hugo.

The project has continued as part of the Porter-Gaud community service program. The names of families in need of the food are provided by the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center on Johns Island.

Porter-Gaud plans to continue this outreach project for those in need.