NORTHEAST TN – The Living is Giving Student Food Drive wrapped up on Tuesday, October 6 with a total collection of 22,077 pounds of food to feed people in need in Northeast Tennessee.
Participating schools were Cloudland, Daniel Boone, David Crockett, Dobyns Bennett, Hampton, Johnson County, Providence, Sullivan North and Tri-Cities Christian.
WJHL and Hardee’s co-sponsored the food drive to help people in need through Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.
Winning schools qualified for monetary donations from food bank sponsors for their participation and competed for first and second place prizes of $500 and $250 for collecting the most food per capita. There were two divisions in the competition. Division A schools have over 500 students and division B has under 500 students.
2nd place went to Dobyns Bennett High School who collected 3.93 pounds per student.
Division B winners were Providence Academy in 1st place with a collection of 30.47 pounds per student and Tri-Cities Christian School who collected 28.79 pounds per student.
Students at each school also created videos that are posted on WJHL.com. The school with the video getting the most votes was Sullivan North High School, who got over 50% of the votes followed by David Crockett High School. The winning school for the video received an additional $250 donation for their school.
Hardee’s gave each school a ‘Blitz Day’, a one day collection per school at the Hardee’s location near the school. During the ‘Blitz Days’ Hardee’s patrons who brought food donations received a free Thickburger.
‘The food bank just wrapped up a successful Hunger Action Month where Second Harvest and food banks across America encourage everyone to get involved in feeding the hungry in their area,” stated food bank Director, Rhonda Chafin, “This food drive comes at a very good time as the need for food assistance always increases during the upcoming holiday and winter months. We appreciate the high schools for participating and our sponsors for their support. The WJHL Living is Giving Student Food Drive not only provides much needed food donations but also helps encourage leadership skills in students.”
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee – The Food Bank’s mission is to feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee by securing and distributing food and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger through regional partnerships, programs and education. In addition to serving partner agencies, Second Harvest administers programs that directly benefit individuals and families at risk for hunger and malnutrition including The Food for Kids Backpack Program, Kids Café, Mobile Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry, School Pantries program and Summer Food Service Program. The need for food assistance in Northeast Tennessee continues to grow. Approximately 10.3 million pounds of food and grocery products were distributed by the Food Bank during fiscal year 2015 through food bank agencies and programs serving over 43,000 individuals per month. The Food Bank encourages the community to get involved in helping feed the hungry in Northeast Tennessee. Ways to help include making a monetary donation, becoming a Food Bank agency, volunteering or holding a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. Visit the Food Bank’s website http://www.netfoodbank.org for more information or call (423)279-0430.