Carihi was able to surpass its goal and bring in 2,382 food items for the Campbell River Food Bank, over two weeks.
The class competition food drive ran from September 26 to October 7.
Carihi’s Junior Leadership Program organized the event and had a goal of 1,100 food items.
The top three classes that brought in the most items, as well as the first place teacher, received prizes
In addition to food, students brought in shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothbrushes.
Carihi does the food drive every year because the food bank is always in need.
“[The food bank] is something we like to support because it is something that is done for our local community,” says Kerri Perras, leadership advisor.
The Junior Leadership Committee promoted the cause heavily. Addison Maedel, Thea Karmazynski, Emily McLean and Devan Leiman brought in plenty of food to contribute and encouraged others to do the same.
“When you [bring] food items in, it feels good because you’re giving people what you have,” said Karmazynski.
She brought lots of donations to prove that “you don’t have to be rich to bring in a lot of food items.”
The four committee members all feel that donating to the food bank is important.
“It is important to donate to the food bank because a lot of us have a lot of food and we are very fortunate in that,” says Leiman.“Then there [are] other people who have nothing, [and] don’t even get Thanksgiving dinner.”
She said she usually donates to the food bank during this time of year and she enjoys doing it.
“I am actually very proud of the school,”said Maedel. “That our goal was only 1,100 items and we ended up getting double.”
The entire leadership group including the committee are very proud in the amount brought in this year.
“The look on the face[s], when [the food bank sees] how much food that the Carihi family has brought in, is priceless,” said Perras.
The Campbell River Food Bank feeds about 2,100 people every month. The food bank reports that of those monthly numbers, 32 per cent of them are under the age of 18.
Other clientele include single parents, families, people on fixed incomes and seniors.
The Campbell River Food Bank is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food distribution days are on the first three Wednesdays of every month, as well as Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.
The food bank’s most wanted items include canned non perishables, peanut butter, coffee, tea, and pasta.