The class who donated the most items during the donation period won spirit points. The sophomore class collected the greatest amount of food, with a total of 132 points. Although, with a grand total of 184 items overall, (freshmen with 25, juniors with 111, and seniors with 68) the school as a whole did fantastic.
All proceeds went to the New Haven Food Pantry. Each week, twenty-five families benefit from the food pantry, so each can students brought in really does help. Some high-need items included canned chili, canned ravioli, canned fish and meat, beef stew, jelly, canned fruit, crackers, oatmeal, cereal, toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues. For every one of these items brought in, an extra spirit point was given.
The New Haven Food Pantry is run entirely by volunteers. Anyone can simply come in and benefit from it. The pantry is located downtown on Front Street, close to Astral Glass and Elizabeth’s. If you’d like to donate, you can participate in food drives such as this, or you can bring in items any time to the pantry. “The reason for doing this food drive over other fundraisers we could’ve done was we wanted to help people in our community directly get food on the table,” Mrs. Oelrichs said.
When asked how she thought the food drive went, Kayla Borcherding, president of the NHS committee, responded, “I think it went pretty well! It is a good way to help out the food pantry, and I think they will really appreciate it."
-by Lucy Roth