The clanking of cans and boxes being stacked could be heard through the hallways of Randolph’s Friendly Food Pantry Thursday morning, Nov. 17. Seven Higashi School students and their teachers packed a van with food items like cranberry sauce, piecrusts and stuffing and made their way down the street to donate to the pantry. The day before, the group of four- and five-year-olds had handpicked the items from the shelves of Sudbury Farms on North Main Street. With only a little guidance from their teachers, the students energetically unloaded the goods and separated them on a table, ready to be taken by Randolph residents and families in need. When asked how the students felt about their good deed, a chorus of “Happy!” erupted from the group. “Some people don’t have food,” four-year-old Rilke Kolwaite said. “We’re giving them food so they can eat,” five-year-old Kate Lambert said. Higashi teacher Janet Aquilio said this is the second year the school donated to the pantry, but the first time students made the delivery. Last year, pantry members picked up the donated items at the school. Higashi School teacher Lynne Freedman said the students were the ones to decide what type of food to bring and picked them out at the store. “We thought that this year we’d buy the food and bring it over so they can see where it goes,” she said. “With Thanksgiving coming up, we’ve been talking about what we’re thankful (for) and that we’re really lucky.” Friendly Food Pantry Assistant Director Janet Lynch said the need for food within the community has doubled since last year. She said the pantry serves 200 families a month. This time last year, the pantry served 100 families. Lynch said the number of elderly folks seeking assistance from the pantry has increased. “They feel guilty or embarrassed when they come in here, but we make them feel comfortable and help and encourage them and support them,” she said. Lynch and food pantry volunteer Ruth Harback said the community has been great with giving donations. Shaw’s, BJ’s and Sudbury Farms has been giving donations, along with several other local schools and organizations. Throughout the year, Lynch and Harback said the pantry is in need of non-perishable items like cereal, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce and tuna fish. During the holidays, cranberry sauce, instant stuffing, instant mashed potatoes and gravy is needed. Harback said it also accepts pastry. Those who are in need can call the pantry at 781-964-4285 to find out more information or stop by the pantry at 55 Old St. (the former Devine School) Mondays from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Lynch said she encourages the community to donate. “There are many people in need,” she said. Teresa A. Franco may be reached at .