By Frank Cuddy
The Lincoln High Student Council participated in the “Southeast Nebraska Hunger Drive,” a program designed for local schools to collect donations for the Lincoln Food Bank, for the first time this year. The food drive is a project that began more than 20 years ago in Davenport, Iowa, to challenge schools to channel their rivalries toward a good cause. It expanded to Charlotte, North Carolina, South Bend, Indiana, and last year, to southeast Nebraska, according to lincolnfoodbank. org.
Fourteen southeastern Nebraska schools challenged each other this year in the 2nd annual Southeast Nebraska Hunger Drive. All six of the Lincoln Public Schools, plus Pius X, College View Academy, Parkview Christian and Lincoln Lutheran, and Freeman High School in Adams, Malcolm, Milford and Norris.. The 14 schools set a high goal of 60,000 pounds of food at the end of the month long drive, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Last year, the schools collected a whopping 40,000 pounds of food.
The Lincoln High student council set up blue bins at both entrances of the building from October 2nd until November 4th. The 14 schools collected a grand total of 32,856 pounds of food, according to Student Council leader Niki Barnes. “This was our first year participating, and we plan to help out in the future,” said Barnes.
The schools fell short of the 60,000 pound goal but were still happy to help the cause, “We were glad to be a part of a regional effort to raise awareness and supplies,” said Barnes. Pius X and College View won the challenge by raising the most food. But the giant fork trophy was not what they did it for.
“Remember who the real winners are,” said Coordinator Nancy Becker, former North Star principal, told the students. “The real winners are our communities.” The food will go to the Food Bank of Lincoln, which will distribute it to 16-county service area, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
The Southeast Nebraska Hunger Drive was created 20 years ago, and is now creating a closer community, and teaching kids how to overcome all the challenges that come with being a part of this competition. If this hunger drive continues next year, Lincoln High looks forward to participating again.