The students of Saint John Paul II Academy have hosted another food drive for vulnerable people in their community as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

Thanks to a bit of healthy competition among students, the small school filled a high-top cargo van with non-perishable food items and diapers for the South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank.

“As Thanksgiving was approaching, we were grateful for the blessings God continues to grace our families and the school community with,” said teacher Charmaine Jansen.

That spirit led them to start a food drive where “we did not meet our goals; we exceeded them far beyond what one could have imagined.”

It’s the second time the academy has run a food drive during the pandemic; the first was in April, when in one day, the school collected more than 200 kilograms of food for the Langley Food Bank.

“It is important that we remember at this particular time there are people being impacted by COVID-19 in ways that are different from the students themselves,” principal Mich DesLauriers said in April.