Student Hunger Drive
On November 7th, the Student Hunger Drive came to a close at River Bend Foodbank. The six week competition kicked off on September 30th with a talent competition. All of the schools sing songs and replace the lyrics with food terms. I have never seen a more creative bunch of people! From “Cups (When I’m Gone)” to “Bye Bye Bye,” it was a very entertaining night.
Eighteen area high schools participated in the 28th annual Student Hunger Drive. Students come up with all kinds of unique ways to collect food, including Powder Puff football games, talent shows, and dress up days. The hard work and determination these students display is inspiring.
I am from the Quad City Area, but did not participate in the Student Hunger Drive when I was in high school. I was very excited to be able to take part in this annual event. During the six week period, each school collects as much food as possible. There are then two loading days (where they deliver all of the food they collected to the Foodbank) and a final rally where the winning schools are announced and the grand total of pounds is revealed. This year, 521,115 pounds of food was collected! That is astonishing! The food they collected will help countless people in our 22 county service area. At the end of the day, it is not a competition. These students just want to help those less fortunate in their community.
We cannot thank these students enough for going above and beyond year after year. Events like the Student Hunger Drive make me feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization and this community. One can make a difference!