Dayton, Ohio – Schools around Montgomery County contributed to The Foodbank to fill shelves throughout the holiday season.
According to a press release from the Montgomery County Foodbank, 340 holiday aid barrels have been placed in 37 Montgomery County schools for students to donate to people in need in the community.
Three schools competed for the “We’ve Got Spirit,” “Hunger Heroes,” and “Lil’ Hunger Heroes” awards.
The Tower Heights Middle School received the “Hunger Heroes” award for bringing in the most donations in terms of total weight.
The Primary Village South School in Centerville received the “Lil’ Hunger Heroes” award for preschools, daycares, and early learning centers.
The award for the best-decorated barrel, “We’ve Got Spirit,” went to Orchard Park Elementary School.
This annual initiative raised more than 50,000 pounds of food and personal care products, which were distributed to those in need. According to the Foodbank, 98 direct-service hunger relief organizations in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties will benefit from these donations, according to the Foodbank.
The Western Kentucky region received 5.4% of the donations to help with disaster relief operations after the storms.
“We are incredibly grateful to the local schools who partnered with us to fight hunger in the community this holiday season. For 35 years, thousands of students across the Miami Valley have been partnering with us through Holiday Aid to combat food insecurity in our tri-county service area. For local students, Holiday Aid provides a first-hand glimpse of philanthropy and the importance of giving back,” says Michelle Riley, The Foodbank CEO. “Our team is looking forward to working with everyone again next year!”