AUHSD Organizes Food Drive to Aid Those During COVID-19

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Tricia Young

Sally Fellner, Staff Writer

The Acalanes Union High School District partnered with the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank to organize a food drive that everyone can participate in. The Contra Costa Food Bank provides food to more than 178,000 people every month in the country with access to food and is seeking as many donations as possible during this challenging time. The drive began on April 20th and the donation bins will be picked up on May 11th.

The collection bins are located in front of the Miramonte library. Suggested food items are whole grain cereals, natural peanut butter, beans and lentils, and other nonperishables. More information can be found on the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano website. 

With the closure of schools since March 16, many students and families have been affected. Without access to the school lunch program. Children are not receiving two meals a day through this program and are forced to look elsewhere for food. According to the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank website, one in four people receiving emergency food are children and the school district is doing their part to help. “Miramonte Leadership is committed to helping all of our students in this difficult time and we are doing everything we can to support others,” ASB Treasurer Natalia Ramirez said. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Way to go, @acalaneshighschool! So many great donations! Mats, let’s support the health of our entire community! Drop off donations in front of the library at Miramonte! @miramonteparentsclub

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There are other ways to help without donating food. For every dollar donated, 96 cents goes directly to food programs. Donations can be made through the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank website. The Contra Costa Food Bank is always in need of volunteers for sorting, bagging, and distributing food. “I have volunteered at the food bank many times. They need a lot of volunteers to sort and bag the food especially during this time because they are receiving more and more food” junior Henri Schmuck said. In response to COVID-19, the food bank is an essential service and will remain open during this time.