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Students to stock food pantry

DCHS Journalism

November 17, 2019

Student Council is currently holding its annual food drive.  It ends Friday, Nov. 22 at 8:10 a.m.


According to sponsor Brenda Breth, Stuco decided to try to stock the food pantry before Thanksgiving this year, rather than wait until Christmas. “Our goal is 1,000 items,” said Mrs. Breth.


President Anna Carter called the food pantry to find out what they needed.  Based on those needs, Stuco has come up with a class competition and a point system.


Certain items are worth five points: regular-size cereal boxes, jams, jellies, peanut butter, canned meals (chili, ravioli, etc.), coffee, tea, canned meats (tuna, chicken), and laundry soap.


The pantry is in need of baking supplies, so items like flour, sugar, salt, cake/brownie mixes, and oatmeal are worth three points.


Hygiene products are also needed, so those are worth two points, such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, kleenex, shaving cream, toilet paper, body wash, soap, and other hygiene needs.


Also needed are canned fruits and vegetables and canned soups, as well as Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helper, spaghetti sauce, and pasta. Those items are also worth two points.


Other things like Ramen noodles, jello, and pudding are worth 1 point each.


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Because of the differences in class sizes, they will take the class’s points and divide by the number of students in that class to come up with an average points per student.  The class with the highest average will get a movie and snacks on the last day of the semester.  The class with the lowest average will have to move all of the items to the food pantry.


“Community members are welcome to help us with our drive,” said Mrs. Breth.  “If you have a class you would like to help out, there are designated places for each class marked off in the cafeteria.”



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