With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to not only think about filling our own plates, but to make sure less fortunate families in the community can do the same. Princeton ISD schools have kicked off the annual food drives to spark this initiative.
These collection efforts are part of the annual Angel Tree Program that also provides toys and clothes to families in need. Food drives will conclude by Nov. 30 to allow volunteers time to sort and organize items.
Last year’s drive broke a record with 20,194 food items donated, which was up by more than 6,000 compared to 2016.
“Campus food drives give students the opportunity to help others and see an immediate impact of what they are doing,” said Huddleston counselor Katie Lander. “Students see the difference they are making when we have trucks filled with donations that they brought into school.”
Organizers say student participation in the food drive is important because it sends a message to kids about civic responsibility and caring.
“Students learn the importance of giving and making small sacrifices for those in need,” said Smith counselor Christine Harrell.
The students also realize the significance of charitable giving.
“Students learn the importance of giving back to our community,” said Harper counselor Erin Johnston. “By donating food, students take on an important role in their own community by helping others less fortunate.”
Making food drives a group effort or competition encourages participation and shows students every little bit matters.
“When students can see and quantify the difference they have made, they feel like they can do anything,” said Godwin Student Council sponsor Linda Warren. “Kids learn best by doing, and teachers are constantly telling their students, ‘You can do anything, if you put your mind to it.’ Making a difference in the lives of others shows them this.”
Christ Cares for Princeton, which operates the local food pantry out of Faith Baptist Church, offers these recommendations for food donations based on needs:
Canned vegetables and fruit
Pancake mix and syrup
Dried pinto beans
Canned tomato/spaghetti sauce
Boxed mac and cheese
Pork ‘n beans
Below is a recap of how to donate on each campus.
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