Students want to stop hunger in Houston County
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:31 AM
Students at Spring Grove School are on their feet taking action to stop hunger in Houston County. The high school student council is leading a Student Food Drive that will run now until November 9th.
Karen Doering of Channel One Regional Food Bank came to Spring Grove School last week and spoke to the students complimenting them on their past wins of the Channel One Student Food Drive. She also remarked that the many upcoming events planned for the food drive sounded like a lot of fun.
The Student Food Drive is hosted by Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester. The mission of the Student Food Drive is "to unite and empower area high school students in the commitment to feed the hungry and to promote volunteerism." Participating schools are able to earn even more food than collected through a variety of contests hosted by Channel One.
Spring Grove has participated in the Student Food Drive since its inception and has won it each year by collecting the most pounds of food per student.
"You have done such a wonderful job of planning many fun events," commented Channel One Student Food Drive coordinator Karen Doering. "Thank you for all of your support; you are doing a wonderful thing."
Barb Schmitz, director of the Houston County Food Shelf, put into perspective what a great effort these students have done in the past with their Student Food Drive.
"In August, we had 191 families visit the food shelf meaning 465 people and 8,079 pounds of food given out. In September, we had 176 families and 500 people using 8,665 pounds of food. In 2011, you [Spring Grove School Student Food Drive] collected 8,302 pounds of food. In 2012, you collected 7,860 pounds of food. This means that you kids are feeding food shelf clients for an entire month all by yourselves! All I can say is - thank you! And go Lions!"
Student Food Drive events
The first event planned was a school-wide hat day - students could pay $1 to wear a hat during the school day on Monday. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the students invite everyone to stop at Red's Hometown Market for a delicious pork burger meal from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community members can watch for students on Sunday, Oct. 27, as they canvas the town going door to door asking for food or monetary donations. Any monetary donations collected are used to purchase needed food items for the food drive.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, a dodge ball tournament will be held at school. Teams of 10 students will pay $20 to participate with the entry fee going directly to the Food Drive. On Halloween, there will be a scary Movie Marathon at Spring Grove Cinema from 4 to 10 p.m. Admittance is $1 donation to the Food Drive or a food item.
Students can don their best costumes for a Halloween Dance on Saturday Nov. 2, from 8 to 11p.m. and help scare hunger out of Houston County. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes and the admission fee of $5 will go to the Student Food Drive.
Students can be extra comfortable at school on Tuesday, Nov. 5, for Pajama Day. For the privilege of wearing pajamas to school, students donate $1 to the Student Food Drive.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are also encouraged to bring in food to school during the Student Food Drive as there will be a school-wide contest between grades for the most food donated. The class bringing in the most food in kindergarten through sixth grade will win a pizza party. The class bringing in the most food in seventh to 12th grade will win the privilege to watch a movie during school complete with snacks.
Mark Wednesday, Nov. 6, on the calendar as a night that no time will be needed in the kitchen preparing supper, instead, visit Red's Hometown Market for a delicious turkey dinner with all of the fixings. Student Council members will be helping serve the meals from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to the food drive.
All food that is collected from students, staff, community members and the special food drive events will be weighed and totaled. Schools also have the opportunity to win additional pounds of food and/or money by collecting the most pounds of food per student and through other various contests sponsored by Channel One Regional Food Bank.
Food donation drop boxes will also be located at Red's Hometown Market and Spring Grove Public School. Items that are always needed include canned fruit and vegetables, canned or boxed potatoes, soup, beef stew, juices, syrup, pancake mix, mac and cheese, pasta, cereal, Hamburger Helper, SPAM, peanut butter, tuna, sugar, vegetable oil, ramen noodles, stewed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, refried beans, baked beans, cake mixes, jelly or jam, any items for baking. Please remember - no perishables or outdated items.