The fact the Salvtion Army is good at helping people in the community was among reasons Longford Intermediate School decided to throw its support behind the Cans for Good project.
Teacher Candace Adams said the giving of food to help others was a good life lesson for pupils.
The school had taken part in the project before, she said.
“The Salvation Army is a really good organisation which helps people in need,” Miss Adams said.
Children were encouraged to bring a can of food on Friday for a mufti day.
The giving aspect of the project was a good life lesson for pupils and made them aware that one day they might be in need, she said.
The school council is going to make a sculpture out of the cans donated.
Last year the school donated about 220 cans.
“It’s good. It will make a difference,” she said.
Pupils could also enter a design-a-label competition.