Local kids celebrate finale of Student Hunger Drive of Northern Indiana

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Some students in Michiana are collecting food to make a difference as part of the seventh annual Student Hunger Drive of Northern Indiana.

The hunger drive kicked off on Feb. 11 and culminated with Wednesday's finale rally at the Kroc Center in South Bend.

Students at 10 high schools and more than 20 feeder schools in Michiana collected money and food for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and other community organizations and pantries.

Students say they've learned a lot from participating in the hunger drive.

"It's really important to give back to those who are less fortunate than us, because every day I wake up, eat breakfast, and go to school, eat lunch, come home to dinner," NorthWood senior Maurice said. "And some kids don't get to experience that, and I think that's really sad."

Since the Student Hunger Drive was created in 2012, more than 600,000 pounds of food have been collected.