Food drive fills off-season need

By LaVendrick Smith | May 23, 2012
Courtesy of: Anne Crocco Kindergarten teacher Amanda Garcia’s class with their donations to the Mukilteo Food Bank. The class donated the most food in Mukilteo Elementary’s food drive.

Students at Mukilteo Elementary spent two weeks counting food points – but not for what you’d think.

Mukilteo Elementary held a food drive April 30-May 11, to benefit the Mukilteo Food Bank during the off-season.

Food banks receive most of their donations during the holiday season – or food-drive season – but see a decline throughout the rest of the year, so the elementary school sought to help fill that need.

“It seems like a good time of year to help replenish their resources,” said Anne Crocco, who organized the food drive.

The school used a point system to award classrooms points for their donations, so the total of pounds donated is unknown.

Some foods were worth more points than others. Boxed dinners, macaroni, cereal and peanut butter earned two points; canned vegetables and soups earned one. In two weeks, the school collected more than 5,400 points.

“Every day I had a lot of food and tried to find places to put it so we could get the van to come pick up again,” Corroco said. “It was a lot.”

Classrooms competed against one another to see who could raise the most points.

Kindergarten teacher Amanda Garcia’s class donated the most food, earning over 700 points. They won a pizza party from Garlic Jim’s pizza.

The students of the second and third place classes each won Popsicle parties.

Through the food drive, the students learned the importance of helping, Crocco said.

“I thought it was very positive,” she said. “It’s fun to compete, but the main thing is helping people in need in our community.”

LaVendrick Smith is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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