The Foodbank wraps up food drive after 53,000 pounds of donations

DAYTON — The Foodbank brought the Holiday Aid Campaign to a close for the 2021 season.

According to the news release, the campaign brought in 53,292 pounds of food and personal care items, donated by 18,500 local students in the Montgomery County.

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The Foodbank organized a competition to thank their partner schools for their contributions to the campaign.

Here are the winners:

  • Hunger Hero’s Award: Tower Heights Middle School had the largest weight of donations with a total of 5,487 pounds.
  • “We’ve Got Spirit!” award: Orchard Park Elementary School showed the best school spirit after decorating their school’s barrels.
  • Lil’ Hunger Hero’s award: Centerville’s Primary Village South School represented daycares, preschools, and early learning centers and donated a total of 2,015 pounds of donations.

“We are incredibly grateful to the local schools who partnered with us to fight hunger in the community this holiday season,” said Michelle Riley, The Foodbank CEO. “For 35 years, thousands of students across the Miami Valley have been partnering with us through Holiday Aid to combat food insecurity in our tri-county service area. For local students, Holiday Aid provides a first-hand glimpse of philanthropy and the importance of giving back.”

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Donations that were collected will help 98 hunger relief programs in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties, according to the release.

The Foodbank delivered 5.4 percent of the food items collected in the campaign to disaster relief efforts in the Western Kentucky area.