Granite Falls students exceed food drive goal with 16,058 food items and $6,919
Granite Falls High students pass goals for annual effort to help those in need
Photo by Amy Daybert / The Herald
Granite Falls High School freshman Sabrina Leos, 14, checks a list to find out how many cans of fruit she needs to box up for a family of six people on Monday at the school. Granite Falls High School students shopped from piles of food sorted and stack in two of the school's hallways as part of the conclusion of an annual food drive.
They wanted to collect 15,000 food items and $3,000. By Monday, the last day of the drive, students had collected much more.
The eighth annual drive brought in 16,058 food items and $6,919 in donations, said Eric Dinwiddie, the teacher-adviser for the food drive.
"We reached our goal which is huge this year because of the economy," he said. "There's more of a need this year."
Dinwiddie collected names of people who needed help from the food drive during school conferences, from staff members throughout the district and from people in the community. He asked students to coordinate the drive.
Senior Cassie Prouty, 17, became involved in collecting food for the drive held during her freshman year. She decided to interview to be a coordinator so she could see this year's food drive through from start to finish.
"I just really wanted to be part of the process and not just getting food and handing it off," she said. "The community has definitely helped us get all of this food. It's nice that we can all come together."
Food drive coordinators and seniors Bailey Ainley, 17, and Jakob Sprague, 17, created a video describing the need for donations. One part of the video showed only the hands of people in need.
"For the whole video we wanted the theme to be anonymity so you don't know who it could be but they are still at our school," Jakob said.
Granite Falls High School has a small student body of 680 students. They do a significant amount of work during the food drive, district spokeswoman Kathy Grant said. It's also a school project that the community supports.
"This isn't just a holiday meal," Grant said. "People are getting food for several weeks to feed their family, several gifts for each child in their family, and it's a total and complete community event."
Organizing the drive was a lot of work but helping others is a reward in itself, Cassie said.
"Whenever you do work you kind of expect to get something out of it and the satisfaction of giving families food is what all of us get out if this," she said.
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