News: 2012 Canned Food Drive Ends in Success

Photo Credit: Michael Hohl

The cans, boxed and ready for Distribution Day.

December 8th rounded out yet another successful year for the Menlo-Atherton canned food drive. With a grand total of 69,779 cans, M-A exceeded its goal by nearly 5,000 cans.  In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, the cans raised in the drive went directly to help the hungry in the local community.

Last Saturday, volunteers from the community came out to distribute cans to over 1,300 individuals, during what is commonly known as “Distribution Day”. These people made up 265 families that needed food during the holidays. Of course, people are hungry all year round, so the Second Harvest Food Bank encourages donations at all times of the year.

“Giving the cans out on Distribution Day was by far the best part of the whole experience,” said sophomore leadership student Sophia Bercow. “It really put things into perspective, and gave us the opportunity to see how many lives we changed.”

Within the M-A community, the top five classes brought in around 33,000 cans, almost half of the total amount raised.  There was a three way tie for fifth place between Ms. McMills (2,800), Ms. Strub (2,200), and Ms. Kranzler (2,200). In fourth was Mr. DeCurtins’ third period class, with 3,300. Mr. Senigaglia came in third, with close to 5,000 cans.  The runner up was Ms. day, with 7,000. And in first place, the 2012 Golden Can Award winner, was Mr. Wellington, with a whopping 11,000 cans. Without the hard work and determination of these classes, M-A wouldn’t have even come close to its original goal of 65,000 cans.

Below is a video made by the Second Harvest Food Bank, giving more insight about the holiday canned food drive.