GREENWICH — The 9-11 memorial in the middle of the student center at Greenwich High School grew larger every minute as people dropped off food items.

Students, staff and parents participated in the ninth-annual Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance on Wednesday, a food drive hosted by the Roots & Shoots Club and the Heroes Club. All donations benefit the Neighbor-to-Neighbor food pantry in town.

The clubs collected 2,208 food items, and aimed to collect 2,977 food items, representing each victim of the attacks on the twin towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

Anyone who wants to drop off food items should make a donation directly to Neighbor to Neighbor’s food pantry, Roots & Shoots adviser Kathleen Méndez.

“I am so very proud of the way our school came together today to commemorate 9/11 through this community service event,” Méndez said. “It just goes to show that when we come together, we can do amazing things. The magnitude of that indelible day still lives on with all of us — even our students who weren’t even born when it happened. Through these acts of compassion and kindness, we see the best in the human condition. Days like today prove that hope, love and unity are the most powerful weapons we have to make a positive difference in this world.”

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com