Students, start your engines! The fourth annual Drive Away Hunger Challenge is under way and will run through October 30.
Williamson County high schools are competing to see who can collect the most food to fill the pantry at GraceWorks.
“This food drive has become a tradition,” said WCS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Charles Farmer. “It is a teachable moment for our students to experience what giving back to our community entails. We are thankful our kids have the opportunity to put service into action.”
Students will compete for cash prizes, bragging rights and trophies that will stay with the winning schools until next year. Two grand prizes will be given: one to the school that collects the most pounds of food per student and one to the school that collects the highest total number of pounds. Each of the winning schools will receive $1,250 in cash and an official Hunger Challenge trophy.
The Drive Away Hunger Challenge was started four years ago by the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group as a fundraising event partnering WCS high schools with GraceWorks. In the past three years, the challenge has grown to include the Franklin Special School District and WCS middle schools and has collected more than 82,000 pounds of food for the pantry at GraceWorks.
Encouraged donations include canned fruit, vegetables, soup, tomato products, beef stew and canned meats (such as ham or chicken), jelly, plastic jars of spaghetti sauce and boxed meals (like Hamburger Helper).
“A great need has been filled in past years by the Drive Away Hunger Challenge,” said Stephanie Wracher, GraceWorks Food Pantry Manager. “Last school year, Williamson County high school students collected almost 25,000 pounds of food for GraceWorks. We are giving away more food than ever causing our inventory to be its lowest in several years. We ask the high schools and their students to rise to the challenge once again to bless our neighbors in need.”