The concept is simple: Plan and hold a seven-day food drive, and give all of the non-perishable collections to a hunger-relief agency or other community organization.
And while one school will win $1,000 for collecting the most food per student in ProMedica’s 2014 School Food Drive Challenge, all participants will help eliminate hunger in their communities.
“We think this is a great way for students throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan to work on a project that will help their neighbors,” said Gaye Martin, manager of mission services at ProMedica. “Hunger affects all aspects of people’s lives, including their health and well-being.”
As part of its Come to the Table initiative to end hunger and address it as a health issue, ProMedica is working with various community partners. Among them are schools and hunger-relief agencies, including food banks.
ProMedica’s first food drive challenge was held in early 2013, and participating schools collected about 17,000 pounds of food for local food agencies. Christ the King Catholic School in Toledo won the contest’s $1,000 prize by collecting 4,320 pounds of food for the Assumption Center, a Toledo non-profit organization whose primary focus is distributing food.
One change was made for the 2014 contest. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the school that collects that most pounds of donated food per student, instead of total pounds per school. This will ensure that schools of all sizes have an equal chance of winning.
Participating elementary, middle and high schools must plan and hold a seven-day food drive in 2014 involving students, faculty and staff by April 11. All non-expired, non-perishable food that is collected must be delivered to the selected hunger-relief agency or other community organization. Participants also need to write a brief description of the program and how it impacted the community.
Schools must be located within ProMedica’s 27-county service area to participate in the 2014 contest. That includes Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Logan, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot counties in Ohio. In Michigan, participating schools must be in Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties.