Representative Williams supports local students’ Diwali food drive

DOWNINGTOWN, Nov. 22 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, congratulated Downingtown High School students for their efforts to collect food for the less fortunate. 

More than 10 cases of canned goods, pounds of pasta and rice, soup and other items collected were donated to the Chester County Food Bank.

The students coordinated the food drive themselves as part of their annual Diwali Celebration. Diwali, referred to as the festival of lights, is one of India’s most celebrated holidays. It coincides with the harvest and new year celebrations and is a commemoration of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. One of the traditions of Diwali is the giving of gifts.


Several students in the Downingtown area collected food and asked for contributions throughout the community – even going door to door to raise awareness and seek donations. They were lead by Stuti Anand and Sreesh Gudala.  Srinidh Bonigiri, Meenansree Gudala, and Greeshma Bolla also participated.  “Our community emphasizes the value of showing concern for and helping others,” Stuti said.  “Diwali seemed like the perfect time to do what we can to help those suffering through food insecurity.”

Williams said he was sincerely impressed with their steadfast efforts.

“I’m inspired and hopeful when I see the resourcefulness these kids showed to help those in Chester County who often have no choice but to go to bed hungry,” Williams said. “All of us should do what we can to ensure everyone has their basic needs met, but it’s especially encouraging to see young adults such as these take the initiative and do the work on their own. I hope others are also inspired to share the true giving spirit of the Holidays.”