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Trick or Treat for Food!

For the second year, Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery challenged 7 teams of Concord High School students to go door to door on Halloween night collecting food and money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the Tesoro 2nd Annual Scare Away Hunger food drive. The teams of 12 students represented Cheer, Choir, Football, Leadership, Music, Soccer, and Softball. Several days before Halloween, the students delivered paper bags to their designated neighborhoods in hopes of increasing donations and thus winning bragging rights. Of course the real winners are those we serve in the community. The grand total was 10,256 pounds of food (3,600 pounds more than last year) and $1,162.05 plus a $1,000 donation from an individual who wanted to do more with their money when they heard that Tesoro would match the pounds/money up to $5,000 for the Food Bank and an additional $5,000 to the Concord High School programs.

The winning team for the food collection was Music with 2,184 pounds of food. The winning team for the money collection was Softball with $323.56. The best surprise of the evening was when a film crew from ABC7 with anchor Alan Wong showed up to film the event. Alan Wong said he thought this was a very creative way to collect food and money for the Food Bank, to involve the students in a fun and rewarding community project and to allow the community to be a part of something good.

 Thank you to Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery for sponsoring the event for a 2nd year. Thank you Ken Dami for your leadership. Thank you Principal Gary McAdam of Concord High for your leadership and getting your fantastic teachers and students involved again. Thank you students for volunteering as a team and making the 2nd year so successful. Thank you community for giving and helping those in need. Did we Scare Away Hunger? I think we did and we will do it again every Halloween until it is gone for good.

Benicia High School Holiday Food Drive 2011

Guest post by Vincent Lee: I’m Vincent Lee, a senior at Benicia High School, and got approval to organize and coordinate the Holiday Food Drive at our school.  I was thrilled to be able to make a difference in my community and help collect over 2,000 pounds for the Food Bank.

Food drives should run for at least 2 weeks, with enough time to advertise at the beginning of the drive as well as time at the end to collect the cans and make prepare for the scheduled pick up.  Be sure to have a committee to help you find empty boxes and have them delivered to each classroom and you’ll need their help to pick up the canned food items throughout the food drive.  Don’t wait till the last minute to collect all the cans.  I created a spreadsheet for us to keep track of the cans we collected from each of the classrooms.

Here are some suggestions to advertise your food drive at school: display the barrels at a place where students will notice them, find funding (possibly the PTA or PTSA) for a pizza party for the class that collects the most cans and announce this incentive at the beginning of the food drive, have the food drive announced each day on the PA system, write a blurb in the school newsletter that goes out to parents and students, have a teacher or administrator e-mail all the teachers about the food drive and the incentive.  If your school has the automatic telephone announcement service to parents – use it to announce the food drive.  I think involving parents is important.

The Food Bank people are friendly, great to work with and try so hard to help our community.  Hopefully, students out there like me will join in and make a difference in our community as well.  I’m proud of our school and the spirit our teachers and students have in making this Holiday Food Drive a success!  Congratulations to Coach Tuiolosega’s 4th period class who won the pizza party by collecting over 400 cans! Special thanks to Mrs. Aragon’s classes who brought in over 760 cans, Mr. Alverez’s class who brought in 225 cans, my Link Crew teacher Mr. Nelson, and my awesome Link Crew committee: Michaela, Colby, Sierra, Matt, and Kailee!!

Happy Holidays and hope 2012 will be an even brighter year for you!