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The sixth annual Second Harvest Football Challenge Food Drive involving Stone Memorial High School (SMHS) and Cumberland County High School (CCHS) concluded Friday, Sept. 5, at Stone Memorial just prior to the annual cross-county football rivalry contest between the two schools. The good news concerning this event is everyone won! The two schools teamed up to raise 29,393 pounds of food for distribution to the 1 in 6 people facing hunger each day in East Tennessee. This total surpassed last year’s combined collection total of 27,466 pounds and was a testimony to the hard work that students, faculty, and local sponsors accomplished in a very short four-week period. A special thanks is in order for PEG Broadcasting for once more highlighting this very important event on the school calendar and to both high school principals and in particular, Becky Smith at SMHS and Tim Smith at CCHS for their leadership at their respective schools.

Both schools also are in the running for the “Top 3 Award” which goes to the three high schools with the highest total food poundage collected per student. Second Harvest serves 18 counties in East Tennessee and runs 10 challenge contests each fall involving 20 high schools. The top 3 schools will receive a free school-wide pizza/Pepsi party courtesy of Second Harvest at a date to be determined in the future. Both SMHS and CCHS remain in the hunt having respectively collected 15.3 and 11.7 pounds of food per student! 

The Football Challenge is an annual event of Second Harvest of East Tennessee sponsored by WATE-TV (Channel 6), Kroger, and Star 102.1. The purpose of this continuing event is to raise awareness concerning poverty and hunger here in Tennessee and to allow students to learn the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. According to Mary Nelson, director, Crab Orchard Care Center, “This is a great community service project and a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved in the effort. It’s an opportunity to teach about hunger and what it means to help others in time of need.” 

To donate or volunteer at a Second Harvest affiliate food pantry in Cumberland County, contact Drew Landrus at (931) 459-2187.