MONROE, La. - The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana and KTVE – KARD have officially started their annual Christmas Cheer Food Drive.
Area schools will collect non-perishable food in this fun competition that benefits our neighbors facing hunger. Last year local schools collected over 41,000 pounds of food, and this year the goal is to reach 75,000 pounds.
“We can’t wait to see how many pounds of food our students collect!” said Jean Toth, Executive Director of the Food Bank of NELA. “Although the food drive is a lot of fun for the schools, it also provides the students a way to help local families and senior citizens. Growing up in a very caring community, our kids want to make sure that everyone has enough food to put on their table, especially during the holiday season.”
Between November 13th and December 15th, students are encouraged to bring food donations to their school, while members of the community can drop items off at the Food Bank office located at 4600 Central Avenue in Monroe.
Elementary, middle and high schools will compete for First Place in each division based upon total weight of food per student. Students can also compete in the “Jingle Drive” by collecting change, and “Most Creative Food Display” by submitting photos of their display of food collected during the drive.
“We are proud to be a part of such an important and generous cause.” said KTVE-KARD General Manager, Randy Stone. “This is truly an example of good people stepping up to help those in need – an example for us all.”
In Northeast Louisiana, one in five people are facing hunger, which includes over 23,000 children. All of the food donated during the Christmas Cheer drive will be distributed to individuals and partner agencies in the 12 parishes the Food Banks serves in Northeast Louisiana.
To make a donation, call or visit the Food Bank of NELA at 318-322-3567; 4600 Central Avenue, Monroe, LA 71203, or online at www.foodbanknela.org.
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