Nine-year-old Jack Buttafuoco and his mom, Melissa, recently were at a Dunkin’ Donuts when they saw an advertisement in The Laker/Lutz News for a summer food drive to help fight hunger locally. The Seven Oaks youngster was inspired to get involved to help stock the pantry at Feeding America Tampa Bay-Suncoast Branch.
The elementary school student collected canned foods, pasta, peanut butter and other items from friends, neighbors and family members.
He even pitched in $26 of his allowance to buy soup and other items to help stock the food bank, which provides items for various food pantries.
He said he feels sad when he thinks about the hungry people who need the food, but is glad that he can help. He encourages others to do the same.
Anyone else who would like to help can bring their contributions to The Laker/Lutz News, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 102, in Land O’ Lakes. The items that are needed most are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta and rice.