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Every year, the MKA community comes together to help provide Thanksgiving dinner items to individuals and families in the local area through the Patty Strain Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year, MKA community members outdid their donations from previous years. Along with 150 turkeys, 200 bags of food, and 1,500 food items from online donations through Shoprite of Clifton/Nutley, the community also raised over $4,800 for the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, NJ. Middle School Student Government officers brought the donations over to the Pantry on Thursday, November 18. Many thanks to Shoprite of Clifton/Nutley for their support of this event.

This event is named in loving memory of Patty Strain, mother of three MKA alumni and longtime volunteer/supporter of the Human Needs Food Pantry, who passed away in 2018.