The Drive Away Hunger Challenge, a food drive event challenging local middle schools to fill up the pantry at GraceWorks, kicks off on April 4th and runs through April 22nd. The annual challenge, hosted by Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group, includes both Franklin Special School District and Williamson County middle schools.
Last year, nearly 18,000 pounds of food was collected for the GraceWorks Food Pantry through this event.
The school to collect the highest weight per student and the school to collect the highest total weight will win $1,250 each.
All food collected must be individual or regular family size portions. Since the GraceWorks Fuel Bag Program provides bags of nutritional food to 660 students on free/reduced lunch in Williamson County, donors are encouraged to give individually packaged food such as popcorn, pudding/Jello cups, Jif-To-Go, mac and cheese, applesauce, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, canned meat meals, fruit cups and cereal. Last year, 20,812 fuel bags were distributed to students in need to take home for the weekend.
Cash donations are allowed and count as three pounds per dollar. Checks should be made out to “GraceWorks” with the name of the school in the notes section.
For see all the rules for the Drive Away Hunger Challenge, visit http://www.darrellwaltrip.com/hungerchallenge.htm.