The Food Bank began its 5th annual Student Food Drive on October 2, 2012 with a Kick-Off Party for participating students.
Students and Advisors from area high schools have signed up to hold food drives and help raise food to feed people in the region with a food drive that runs from October 2 to November 8. High school students challenge each other to participate in this challenge to receive cash awards based on school population and the amount of pounds of food collected per student.
The Student Food Drive accomplishes two goals – to participate in the immediate effort of collecting food and donating it to the Food Bank; and, to encourage young people to either start or enhance their commitment to volunteer service. The Food Drive develops student leadership by challenging them to raise food, collect money to purchase food, and then find a way to deliver the food to the Food Bank. Last year over 38,000 pounds of food was collected by high school students in the region.
Supporters of the Food Bank are encouraged to support their local school’s efforts. All high schools in the eight-county region that still wish to participate are encouraged to contact the Food Bank at (423)477-4053, x. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.