12.11.14: Schools launch holiday food drives
12.11.14: Schools launch holiday food drives
Posted on 11/10/2014

Each fall and winter, students throughout the district coordinate canned food drives to support area families in need.

 

The soup, vegetables, fruits, and other non-perishable items are donated to organizations such as the Puyallup Elks Club, Puyallup Food Bank, and Edgewood Community FISH Food Bank.

 

Several elementary, junior high, and high schools also create holiday food baskets each year to support families with students on those campuses.

 

The drives are timed each fall to provide extra food during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.

 

Mt. View Elementary

 

Mt. View Elementary School Associated Student Body (ASB) officers coordinated a two-week food drive during the last week of October and first week of November.

 

ASB room representatives assisted with this year’s effort by helping to collect, sort, box, and deliver nearly 4,000 items on November 7 to the Edgewood Community FISH Food Bank.

 

Parent volunteers also helped by pulling their cars onto the playground and assisting students as they loaded the food on delivery day.

 

Once at the food bank, students watched as the 3,942 items were weighed for a total of 3,550 pounds. Donations this year topped the school’s goal of 3,200 items.

 

Students also toured the food bank to learn more about the families served.

 

“Whenever we do a project such as this, we always want our kids to know how it works from beginning to end,” said Nancy Kreuger, school library assistant and ASB adviser.

 

Ferrucci Junior High

 

Ferrucci Junior High students, under the leadership of the school's Community Service Club, donated more than 9,000 canned or other non-perishable food items in the school's annual "Project Snowflake" drive.

 

Students collected food throughout November and donated the items to the Puyallup Food Bank and to more than 30 Ferrucci Junior High families in need.

 

Community Service Club members stacked boxes filled with canned soups, fruits and vegetables, and more on the school stage for the entire student body to witness the school and community support.

 

Club members then gathered at the school on the first Saturday in December to coordinate all of the donations and assemble the more than 30 gift baskets for Ferrucci Junior High families. 

 

The local Daffodil Valley Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the club, brought pizza to the students as they organized the food.

 

Ballou Junior High

 

Ballou Junior High students also had an outpouring of support this year in their "Clash of Cans" food drive.

 

Students and staff contributed 7,792 food items in this year's drive.

 

Some of the food was hand-delivered to neighboring Firgrove Elementary School for families in need, said teacher and co-leadership adviser Marcus Yoder. Teacher Darren Erath also helps advise leadership students.

 

Other food items were presented to Ballou Junior High families in need, and the remainder was given to the Puyallup Elks Club to distribute to local food banks in Puyallup and Orting.

 

"It was amazing to say the least," Yoder said.

 

Continue to visit this website to read more about and see additional photos of Puyallup School District food drives under way this fall.

 

See slideshow of school food drives

Learn more about Mt. View Elementary

Learn more about Aylen Junior High

Learn more about Ballou Junior High

Learn more about Ferrucci Junior High