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‘Great Food Fight’ comes to PW

By Jenny DeHuff
Times Hearald Staff

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) is one of 18 schools in the five-county Philadelphia region to take part in “The Great Food Fight,” and is hosting a kickoff event Wednesday.

Sponsored by Shire Pharmaceuticals and Philabundance, the event encourages schools to collect canned goods and other food items from Oct. 1 to 15.

The school that collects the most food, based on weight per student, receives a $10,000 cash award, compliments of Shire Pharmeceuticals.

The food drive is being held to increase awareness of hunger that exists all across the Delaware Valley, and inspire students to do their part in helping to fulfill the need.

“This is the first time the district has done anything like this,” said PWHS Food Service Director Lori McCoy.

“We’re one of 18 schools participating. We were the first district to sign up, so we were given the opportunity to host a kickoff event Sept. 29. It will have a pep rally theme, with our cheerleaders and band being there, and representatives from each participating school.”

The goal is to collect 25 tons of food to help families in need throughout the region.

Sam Silbiger, a junior and president of PWHS student council, is helping spearhead the event.

“Our goal is to raise tons of food and money to help the Delaware Valley community who are at risk of hunger. The organization that raises the greatest quantity of food gets $10,000 for their school district. It goes to the district for use as they see fit. Hopefully, student council can work with that money for future projects.”

Other Montgomery County participating schools, in additional to PWHS, include Abington Senior High School, Perkiomen Valley High School, Spring-Ford High School and Upper Moreland High School.

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