Everyone wins in food drive

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The 2013 Student Food Drive has ended, and students and staff managed to collect 15,121 pounds of quality food. Despite not reaching the goal of 25,000 pounds, our school won the large division of the student food drive, beating East and West Waterloo Schools.

Overall, staff and students raised 32,655 pounds of food from the combined seven schools.

Social studies teacher Chad Van Cleve’s fifth hour class has continued his tradition in collecting the most cans; his 28 students were able to collect a combination of 2,659 cans and $92.37 for a combined average of 98.26 cans per student. Along with Mr. Van Cleve’s class, many other classes had admirable contributions to the food drive. Overall, our fifth period classes collected 6,380 cans and $1,731.81.

Another way students collected cans was through events like the powder puff volleyball tournament, costume day and trunk or treat. These events had a great impact on the amount of money and food our school collected. Events like these are a great way to show how we can have fun while still supporting our school and community.

Every little bit counts when contributing to the food drive. This food will go to help thousands of local people in the Cedar Valley that are in need of a meal.

When people cannot afford to pay for food, they turn to their local food bank. Every year the Northeast Iowa Food Bank provides millions of pounds of food to people in need. Along with the student food drive, the food bank offers programs including The Backpack Program, Kids Café, Cedar Valley Food Pantry and more.

With recent cuts in government funding for food distribution, and plans for more in the future, food drives are very important and help now more than ever. To learn more about the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, visit their website at www.northeastiowafoodbank.org.


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