The fourth annual High School Football Challenge food drive concluded Oct. 5, with the halftime announcement that Stone Memorial beat out Cumberland County High School by an amazing 11,000 pound margin. The victory by Stone tied the Football Challenge competition between the two high schools at two wins each.
Stone Memorial collected more than 33,000 pounds of food and was presented with a check for $500 from the Kroger Corporation. CCHS amassed nearly 22,000 pounds of food and received a check for $250 from the DIY Network. Notably both schools, each of the four years of the competition, have consistently increased food poundage totals from the previous year.
Among the elementary schools, North Cumberland Elementary School again led the way with 7,573 pounds of food, with each student providing roughly 11 pounds of food to the school total. Hats are off as well to Stone and Martin Elementary schools as they, for the fourth year in a row, averaged better than two pounds of food per student. As in the past, each elementary school reaching its assigned goal will receive a separate monetary award to assist in funding local school events.
In total, an equivalent 72,809 pounds of food and money was collected to benefit Second Harvest of East Tennessee. This is the fourth year that county schools have eclipsed the total food poundage collected from the previous year. As in previous Football Challenge events, cash donated by students was converted into a four pound equivalent for every dollar collected.
“The county total food poundage, speaks for itself,” said Drew Landrus, coordinator for the Football Challenge. “Second Harvest is genuinely overwhelmed by Cumberland County’s continued improvement in food collections for the fourth straight year since this has happened in the face of continuing economic struggle in east Tennessee.”
The Football Challenge is an annual event of Second Harvest and sponsored by Kroger, DIY Network and WATE – Channel 6. Second Harvest of East Tennessee serves 18 counties.