By Drew Landrus
This is the fifth year for the annual school-wide food drive to defeat hunger in Cumberland County and in the 18-county area that Second Harvest of East Tennessee covers in the state of Tennessee.
The Football Food Challenge is an annual food gathering event for over 20 East Tennessee high schools. Football Food Challenge is a project of Second Harvest, Cumberland Good Samaritans, the Crab Orchard Care Center, and the county-wide school system. This year the food drive has been separated into two parts. Part one involves Cumberland County High School (CCHS) and Stone Memorial High School (SMHS). The two high schools will partner together to beat their combined total of 55,463 equivalent pounds (food poundage + $1 = 4 pounds) in 2012. As was the case in the past, what is turned in by the high schools will be used throughout the 18-county area of Second Harvest of East Tennessee. This is our way of thanking Second Harvest for all they do year around through their partner care agencies in Cumberland County. The total poundage collected will be announced at halftime of the annual CCHS-SMHS football game scheduled for Friday, September 6, at CCHS.
The elementary portion of the annual food drive will be run differently this year. It will be managed by Cumberland Good Samaritans. Although Good Samaritans is currently placing pallets and food boxes on site at all nine elementary schools, the “Harvest For Hunger” food drive will officially begin the first week of September and end on Monday, September 30. The food collected by Good Samaritans will be retained in Cumberland County and distributed to care centers working within the county. In this fashion, we can more directly help the over 9,000 county residents who struggle daily to put food on the table.
The purpose of the “Harvesting for Hunger” event is to raise awareness of poverty and hunger in Cumberland County and allow students to participate in efforts to help those in need. “This as a great community service project and a wonderful learning opportunity.” said Landrus. “It’s an opportunity to teach about hunger and what it means to reach out and help our neighbors who are dealing with tough times.” For additional information call Drew Landrus at 459-2187 or Cumberland Good Samaritans at 484-3225.