About one in six people in the United States struggles with hunger, and issues related to hunger affect people in every community.
In celebration of The 100th Day of School, Tuscan Elementary School where I teach, holds an annual food drive where we challenge each class to collect 100 items of non-perishable food by the 100th day. Our school has about 25 classes ranging from grades K-5. I believe that it is very important to show our children that we are empathetic to the needs of others. It doesn’t take much really, just offering kind word, a handshake, or opening a door for another person. The food drive seems to bring out the best in so many! The fifth graders were so engaged and willing to help and the students passing in the hallway outside of my classroom where the food was piling up could not help but to stop and stare wondering just how much was there!
The totals came in throughout the day and by the end of the day we had collected over 2600 items!! We were able to split those items and deliver them to two local food pantries. This also could not have been done without the amazing school community that we have. Moms, dads and kids helped pack up cars and drive the food over to the pantries, and then unload them all when they got there! There were hundreds of bags and this was a huge undertaking. I am so proud to be a part of The Tuscan School Community, both as a teacher AND as a parent!
You can help fight hunger in your local community by holding a food drive in your neighborhood, office, place of worship or school. Helping your local food bank stock up can also help your community be better prepared for emergencies, as demand on food banks often grows during a disaster or crisis. It is amazing what can happen when we all work together.