Collegedale Academy collects food for The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah

photo Claire Edens and Kyle VanDenburg, right, unload food donations for sorting Tuesday as Collegedale Academy students culminate their CAD 4 Hope food drive. Thousands of pounds of food were collected and donated to the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah.

Tuesday, Collegedale Academy's 300-plus high school students carried bag after bag of nonperishable food items into the school's gym.

It was pickup day for the school's annual CAD 4 Hope food collection drive. Community members were asked to leave bags of nonperishables out Tuesday morning for Collegedale Academy students to pick up and deliver to The Samaratin Center in Ooltewah.

The CAD comes from Richard Cadavero, the late Collegedale Academy teacher who started the program and who died in September.

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