M-A Events: M-A Canned Food Drive Eclipses Goal of 100,000 Cans

Photo Credit: Ben Wellington

Students help organize cans on Distribution Day.

M-A far exceeded this year’s goal of raising 100,000 cans in its canned food drive, collecting around 160,000 cans with money included in Mr. Senigaglia and Mr. Amoroso’s first year of helping organize the drive. Leadership heightened the competition with the first Anti-Hunger Games, in which clubs and teams competed to raise the most cans, and the school raised approximately twice the amount of cans that it raised last year.


In total, it raised 160,007.6 cans, counting 57,560 cans for at least 73,000 pounds of food, and 25,569.65 dollars. Each dollar counted as four cans and was used to buy produce, chicken, and toiletries on top of the actual cans. The cans and money will support around 456 families.


As Senigaglia and Amoroso recall, “every family got two frozen chickens, a full bag of apples, a bag of Cuties, a bag of onions, three to five frozen bags of vegetables, approximately 30 cans, a box of cereal, two loaves of squash, produce, and toiletries” at Distribution Day, easily twice the usual amount received. Although the school brought much more food to Distribution Day than it did last year, more families showed up and Second Harvest Food Bank ran out of food by 11 a.m.


Senigaglia notes that “this is the first time we’ve included toiletries. We brought in a lot of cash, and we went out and bought 804 chickens and thousands of potatoes and thousands of bags of vegetables, but then money kept coming in.” Food stamps do not cover toilet paper, so they purchased 186 packages of toilet paper with each package containing 30 rolls or more.


In this year’s class competition, Mr. Wellington’s AP US History class won with 30,189.36 cans, more than double the cans brought in by any other class. Mrs. Caryotakis’ AS Chemistry class collected 11,964 cans for second place, Mr. McBlair’s AS English II class collected 7,901 for third, Mr. Wong’s AS Algebra II class collected 7,179.96 for fourth, and Mr. Perry’s Western Civilization class brought in 6,950 cans for fifth.


The Anti-Hunger Games successfully motivated clubs and sports team to raise cans as well, promising the winner a plaque in Pride Hall. The Donut Club collected 20,964 cans with 675 dollars added from its sales for first place. The Thousand Cranes Club collected 17,729 cans for second place, the girls water polo team collected 10,440 for third, the Theater Tech group brought in 3,365 for fourth, Global Visionaries placed fifth with 3,864, and Key Club came in sixth with 3,159.


In fact, by the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, M-A had already surpassed its goal of 100,000 cans. Senigaglia and Amoroso credit the energy of the student body for this success and, considering the enthusiasm of this year’s freshman class in the drive and the increased school spirit, look forward to future years. ¬†Amoroso adds: “Get ready for next year, because we’re just going to set the goal even higher.”