Winslow food drive volunteers collect 4,000 pounds of food
Non-perishable food stocks Winslow Food Bank shelves and helps fill Elks Christmas Baskets
Winslow High School students collected 4,000 pounds of non-perishable food Nov. 7. The Elks Club, Rotary and Winslow High School sponsored the drive. About 100 students were assigned areas throughout Winslow. They went door to door asking for food to be donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank and the Elks Club Annual Christmas Food Baskets.
Prior to the event, advertisements went out notifying the public of the upcoming event, preparing them for the knock on the door. Teachers drove the students to their collection areas in school vans. At the same time, Rotary and Elks members canvassed the areas in pickup trucks providing a place to store the collected food. There was no room in the van for both the students and the food.
Students began collecting food at 3 p.m. The volunteers returned collected food to the Winslow High School Student Union. Organizers allowed three hours to gather the food but many areas were completed one hour after the collection started.
Many teachers helped make the event a success. Lisa Long and Liz McLaws were two of the main drive organizers.
The food drive helped fill up the Food Bank's stock and fill the Elks Christmas Baskets before the start of the holiday season.
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