MESA, Ariz. -- Students at Tesseract School collected almost 2,900 pounds of pinto beans to donate to a Mesa Cannery for those in need.
Their Pinto Bean Drive produced 2,881 pounds of beans to give to impoverished people in Arizona.
"It's been a project that's been going on for 3 weeks now. We wanted to raise 1,500 pounds and this morning when I added everything up we were at 3,000 pounds," Dani Braney, a 5th and 6th grade teacher, said.
On Friday over 30 students visited the cannery to help package the beans.
In past years, there have been enough beans at the cannery for the students to package, but this year there was a lack of donations so the students took matters in to their own hands.
"The food is going to go to people all over the state of AZ ranging from Yuma all the way up to Flagstaff, up in to Prescott Valley, all over the state," Braney said.
There are enough beans to feed 15,000 Arizonans.
"It feels good to be helping the poor and giving food to them," Sofia Martellini, a 6th grade student, said.