Character Counts on Annual Food Drive to Help Needy

Marlington High School held a food drive on the week of November 4th through November 11th. Each first period class competed against each other for a donut party in which, Mrs. Brady’s first period class ended with the win.

This was Marlington’s 15th year that they have been involved in running a food drive. Students helped contribute throughout the week by bringing in non-perishable food items or cash donations. Each day of the food drive there was a specific item that was worth extra when you brought it in on that day.

The drive helps provide a Thanksgiving meal to families who might not be able to have one. It supports local food pantries, as the food donated by students, goes to local organizations that make food baskets for Marlington students. Any baskets left over are then donated to the Salvation Army.

By participating in the food drive, students were able to help the community as one in every six families in Stark County are identified as struggling with hunger. The food drive gives these families an opportunity to have a meal they might not otherwise be able to have.

There are many ways to help families in need, such as volunteering at a local food drive and participating in a church’s food giveaway. This food can bring a family hope and an opportunity that they will forever be grateful for.

Marlington High School collected less than half the amount of donations as last year. However, the food drive was able to collect 5,345 items for a good cause.

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