Help Students Help the Community

By Mary McDonald of Archbishop Wood High School
& Tom Eckerle of Holy Ghost Preparatory High School
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You may not realize that each day, many Bucks County residents struggle to put food on the table. This struggle is often kept quiet because of the embarrassment felt by neighbors who don’t always have enough food to feed their family. But you can help your neighbors in need and help local teenagers make a difference by taking part in a unique, regional high school food drive called Shire’s Great Food Fight! benefiting Philabundance.

From Feb. 15 to March 2, students at Archbishop Wood High School and Holy Ghost Preparatory will join forces with their peers at 20 high schools across the region to combat hunger. Their goal is ambitious: together, collect 100 tons of food, which is equivalent to 200,000 meals, for Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization.

Philabundance says that in the past year, it has seen the need for food increase 26 percent, meaning there are more families requesting food assistance and the food collected from holiday drives isn’t lasting as long.

Our students are eager to show how they can fill the pantries of families in need, so that families don’t have to choose between paying utilities and buying food. They’re also eager to compete for prizes totaling $20,000 that will be split among seven schools with the most success.

With thousands of people struggling to find work, schools tightening their budgets and hunger on the rise, Shire’s Great Food Fight! couldn’t come at a better moment. We encourage everyone in Bucks County to help our students show their good character, support their schools and give back to others in need at this critical time.

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