Up to the food challenge
BY STACI WILSON
Food collection drives are common during the holiday season with area school students donating non-perishables to benefit area food banks.
But this year, Trehab added a new twist to the annual Feed-A-Friend Thanksgiving food drive with a ‘Battle of the Schools’ can sculpture contest to help raise awareness of hunger and collect non-perishable food items for the program. Blue Ridge, Montrose and Mountain View accepted the sculpture challenge.
The student council led Mountain View team earned the first year title with their ‘Hunger Games’ inspired food drive and ‘Mockingjay’ canned goods sculpture.
In keeping with the ‘Hunger Games’ theme, Mt. View’s Alison Showalter said, “Each grade was assigned a district, and inside the
districts are tributes who were two children, to collect cans from all their students and their peers. So they tried to get as many as possible.”
Nearly 2,000 cans were collected at Mountain View.
The Blue Ridge and Montrose sculptures were also creative.
Blue Ridge Leo Club member Erin Perry took on the sculpture design challenge while fellow club members Katherine Kempa and Casey Purdum helped organize the collection efforts.
Perry’s design focused on the food – as she created a fork, spoon and bowl out of the non-perishable items. The bowl and spoon contained Jello brought in by the school’s kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students.
Montrose Area Key Club members designed a castle, complete with a pasta box moat and Feed-A-Friend banners on the can spires.
Although they didn’t take top prize in the sculpture contest, Blue Ridge and Montrose students aren’t finished helping out with the program.
Perry said the Blue Ridge Leo Club members would be heading to Trehab’s Susquehanna Food Bank to help pack the groceries for the Feed-A-Friend pick up day.
And the Montrose Key Club members will be headed to the Montrose Food Bank helping with grocery bags and turkeys.
Trehab’s Edlyn Flannery said, Feed-a-Friend is a strong program in Susquehanna County with the support of the community, schools, businesses, individuals, scouts sending in food and monetary donations and churches provide dessert fixings, cake mixes, icing etc.
“Trehab is grateful for the help and support the community provides to make this annual program a success,” she said.
Last year, Trehab was able to provide 878 families and elderly households – about 2,986 people – with a Thanksgiving dinner that includes a turkey and all of the dinner trimmings.
The student’s can sculpture entries are on display on Trehab’s Facebook page. Judges for the competition were Debra Valunas of Rep. Sandra Major’s office; Jim Baker, WPEL radio announcer and PIAA baseball umpire; and Staci Wilson, reporter for the Susquehanna County Independent.
Food donations from area agencies and schools, including Elk Lake and Susquehanna will be collected the week of Nov. 12.
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations toward this program can send donations to Trehab, PO Box 366, Montrose, PA 18801 and notate Feed A Friend in the memo line.