The Great Food Fight a perfect way to combat hunger
By Valerie Bell Archbishop Wood High School
The holiday season is finally here. Christmas music is on, the fireplace is nice and warm and everyone is eager to enjoy a succulent dish for dinner.
Unfortunately, not everyone in our area will be able to partake in such a quality feast.
Hunger is a problem in the Philadelphia area — and eradicating it should be our top priority.
In a nation where limiting calories is the trend, not everyone has enough food to eat.
To help end hunger, schools are encouraged to participate in Shire’s The Great Food Fight. This program benefits Philabundance, an organization that provides food to those in need.
This program is a friendly competition in which high schools vie to see which ones can collect the most nonperishable foods. There are seven monetary prizes that can be collected. The program, which is entering its third year, begins Feb. 25 and runs through March 8.
Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to the warehouse and see what Philabundance does. It is remarkable how hard our community works to provide food to the needy. We live in a very generous community.
Every year, there’s a pep rally, where students can learn more about the program. At last year’s pep rally, mascots danced around and it was very memorable.
The goal of the program is to collect 100 tons of food. The schools are scored based on the overall weight of the food, not necessarily the number of nonperishables.
Last year, Holy Ghost Prep came in second (out of 21 schools) and Archbishop Wood was third. Overall, the schools collected 71 tons of food.
This will be Wood’s second year participating. As Wood’s chairwoman for Philabundance, I recommend that every school gets involved. I first became interested in the program because members of my family know all about hunger. They have lived in poverty and have experienced difficult situations.
Due to these struggles, my parents work hard to provide for our family. It is so difficult to think of others having to live not knowing where their next meals will come from.
Philabundance works hard to help the unemployed and underemployed. It also helps families get back into the workforce.
This holiday season, be grateful for all blessings.
And, if you would like to get involved with the Great Food Fight, click here.