SPRING VALLEY — Hall High School and St. Bede Academy students decided to leave competition on the field this year and work together to collect food for Hall Township Food Pantry’s annual Student Hunger Drive. This act of cooperation and kindness resulted in nearly two tons of food being collected for their neighbors in need.
And the food couldn’t have come at a better time, said Hall Township Pantry Director Jan Martin.
“Patrons of the pantry are anticipating cuts in their SNAP allotments and turning to local food pantries for support. Unfortunately we are feeling the effect as well, as our food banks aren’t receiving the commodities to share that we anticipated. When they receive less, we aren’t able to purchase foods at the reduced rate and must spend more in order to give,” Martin stated. “The more we must spend on an item, such as chickens, the fewer chickens we are able to purchase. With Thanksgiving coming, I am very concerned about being able to provide each family with a turkey dinner. We serve over 350 families — that’s a lot of turkeys!”
It wasn’t just the high school age students who took part in the Student Hunger Drive — grade schools joined in as well. Recently, Ladd Community Consolidated Grade School decided to “Pack the Pantry” at a boys’ basketball game against the Malden Musketeers. Guests were given free admittance to the game if they brought non-perishable food items to the game. Ladd’s Student Council will deliver the food to the Pantry soon.
Even preschool children took part in the Student Hunger Drive. Lil’ Munchkin Daycare student Chaz Thrasher, son of Chad and Carianne, celebrated his fourth birthday by collecting food for the pantry, rather than gifts from family and friends. His donation of 89 pounds was added to the Student Hunger Drive total.
It will be a week before the grand total will be available, as many students decided to “Trick or Treat” for even more food to donate. What an example these young people are setting and what a life lesson they learn!
If you would like to make a donation to the Student Hunger Drive, drop food items off at Hall Township Food Pantry which is located at the corner of First and Terry streets, Spring Valley.