Ten local schools work to feed the community

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 11:13 AM EDT
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The Student Hunger Drive of Northern Indiana has raised over 420,000 pounds of food for the community in four years. For their fifth year they hope to break the 500,000 mark.

Students from 10 Northern Indiana high schools—Adams, Concord, Fairfield, LaPorte, Marian, Michigan City, New Prairie, Penn, NorthWood and Washington—are competing against each other for the next six weeks to see which school can bring in the most non-perishable food.

Community members are encouraged to support their local school during the hunger driver by dropping off canned goods or monetary donations. The school that fund raises the most pounds of food is awarded $1000.

The kick off to the food drive starts with a breakfast at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Bend to raise awareness for the food insecure families who rely on the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or more wildly known a food stamps, to put food on the table.

The breakfast isn't a conventional sit-down meal. Students and faculty from participating schools are told the cost of each the breakfast foods they can chose from to inspire consciousness of how little the dollar stretches for families living off of an average of $1.44 per meal on SNAP.

The food that is collected is distributed to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and their partner food pantries.

Schools who are interested in participating can still enter the competition by contacting the