Quincy kids are learning at a young age how to give back by helping feed hundreds of local families in need.
It's part of the annual Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit area food pantries.
Over at the Early Childhood Center today, though the kids were out of school, the staff was there to celebrate and distribute all of the food they had collected.
Students brought in more than 15 hundred items, about 500 more than last year.
The food was donated to Quanada and Catholic Charities, which both have a higher need at this time of year.
"This time of year donations are typically down. We see a lot of donation at the Christmas time so it's really important that we have extra fundraisers and donations in the cold winter months when the need is so high," said Catholic Charities Area Director Jackie Bruns.
And school officials say this is a great chance to teach young kids the value of giving back.
"We have 3, 4 and 5 year olds and they get it. They love giving back and they love sharing and it's a great life skill lesson," said Teresa Mahair, Community Resource Coordinator for The Early Childhood Center.
Several other Quincy schools and many area businesses are also involved in the Souper Bowl of Caring. The collections run through Super Bowl Sunday.
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