Christ the King Catholic School in Toledo once again won first place in ProMedica’s School Food Drive Challenge, collecting more than 4,400 pound of non-perishable food items for Assumption Outreach Center, also in Toledo.
And – also for the second year in a row – Christ the King’s student council members voted to donate the challenge’s $1,000 prize to Assumption Outreach Center for its community programs. Suzie Stapleton, Assumption’s program administrator, gratefully accepted the donation and noted that Christ the King students hold two other annual food drives to help keep the center stocked.
“We wouldn’t be able to help so many without you,” Stapleton told students in May 2014 after ProMedica presented the check during a student assembly at Christ the King.
ProMedica challenged schools in its 27-county service area to participate in the 2014 Come to the Table food drive challenge. Students were asked to conduct seven-day food drives to collect donations for their chosen local food agencies, and the school collecting the most pounds of food would win $1,000 for its education curriculum.
The school food drive challenge is part of ProMedica’s Come to the Table initiative, which addresses hunger as a health issue both locally and nationally. The collaborative initiative encourages other healthcare leaders to work with various partners to expand community efforts to reduce food insecurity and improve access to healthy foods for families and individuals in need nationwide.
Second and third place winners in this year’s challenge were Emily B. Williams Elementary School in Jonesville, Mich., and Defiance Middle School, Defiance, Ohio, respectively. Through the Come to the Table program, schools have collected more than 24,000 pounds of food over a two-year period to benefit community food pantries in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.