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Baby Food Collection

November 10, 2021 | Bridget O'Dowd

A few weeks ago, the kindergarten class began collecting baby food. The service project was introduced by sharing with the students about the needs of the community, the role that the food pantry plays in serving the community, and what it means to give generously. We were delighted to see the children take an immediate interest. Our collection grew everyday. We were pleased to hear of all the jobs and chores children were doing to earn baby food jars.

Counting baby food jars has been a great way to learn our base ten system. Each day that we count baby food we document our count on the white board by hundreds, tens, and extras.


Children would group jars into rows of 10. Once we had 10 rows of 10, we knew it was one hundred and into the crate it went. We practiced counting by tens to find out how many and recorded the tens and extras.

During work periods the children were given the option of counting the daily baby food collection. After work periods we double check our count as a class and documented our findings on the board.

We finished our collection with 1,780 jars of baby food!

As our collection grew, we placed crates of 100 on the shelf in the hallway.  We proudly display our crates of 100 for other classes to see!

We are thankful for the generosity of the Mustard Seed community and the opportunity to share the joy of serving with the kindergarten class.


The children have been counting and bagging baby food this week. The bags will be ready for us to carry over to In Jesus Name Charities, right next door! We will meet Ms. April Harris outside and hear about what she does with the baby food. We will deliver our bags to the door with the help of some middle schoolers. Pictures of our delivery to follow later!

Bridget O'Dowd

Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.

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