Canned food drive changes for the better

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Students in Student Government help stack all the donated cans in Field Elementary’s pantry. It took six full car loads to transfer all the cans to the school and the pantry was overflowing with all 6,322 cans.

As Thanksgiving has come and gone this year, there’s lot of people that still have leftover food from the holiday stuck in our fridge. However, there are also some who barely had any food to eat on Thanksgiving. This is why Heritage ran a canned food drive from October 24 through November 4 in hopes of collecting enough food to feed families at Field Elementary.

“This school has very high rates of kids who have to eat breakfast and lunch at school because those might be the only meals they receive all week so Heritage did such an amazing job of supporting our community,” says Magi Sterling ’17, Class of 2017 President.

This year, the canned food drive looked different from previous years in hopes of finding a way to collect more cans.

Instead of collecting cans through advisories, Student Government decided to make the competition more individualized. Students were able to bring in cans, or money (one dollar equals one can), for their name to be placed in a daily raffle to win prizes. The top four winners who brought the most cans would each win a grand prize at the end of the drive.

“Competition is really what gets people into things. So we decided to involve individual prizes such as the Avs tickets, Nuggets tickets, Melting Pot gift cards and Steve Spangler Science baskets for the people who went above and beyond with donations,” says Sterling.

Overall, the school donated 6,322 cans to Field Elementary’s food pantry.

“I thought the drive went really well because adding more competition to it was beneficial to getting more cans this year,” says Clint Hemphill ’17, Student Government member.

The changes to the canned food drive this year proved to be a success and will hopefully continue into next year’s drive to help donate lots of cans for those in need.

“It was a little bit of a risk changing the way that everyone was used to but with all the hard work that the senior class student government and the rest of the school put in made it totally worth it,” says Sterling.

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