Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network has 25 community pantries that provide a five-day supply of food to local families in need. In 2018, they provided more than 1,232,550 meals, and the Canterbury community played a big part in providing those meals. This year will be no different, as November 11-18, Canterbury is once again collecting food items for the Neighborhood Food Network.
Marlynn Hammond, Canterbury Middle School Math Teacher and Service Chairperson, said the Food Drive is one way Canterbury focuses on empathy and service, important values the school has focused on since day one.
"The food drive is a wonderful hands-on project that creates a valuable opportunity for our students to learn about the issue of hunger, acquire empathy for those in their community who struggle with food insecurity, and think about how they, as individuals, can make a difference," she said.
Each division that participates in the food drive has their own competition to bring in the most food, whether that is by advisories, by house, grade level, division, etc., etc. Students love competing to see who will do the most good.
"There is always a buzz in the building during the week of the food drive," Hammond said. "Every year I'm thrilled to see how many students participate by donating food items to this important cause."
Hammond said it's especially touching to see the number of students who donate their time, even giving up recess, to help with the food drive. There are lots of hours that go into unloading food, stacking it, boxing it, and then loading it back onto a truck for delivery to the warehouse. Canterbury students and staff are always willing to help.
"We all work together as a team for a common cause," she said.
Donations are accepted at any of the Canterbury offices through Monday, November 18. No glass containers, please.
For a complete list of suggested donations, click here.