Students smash goal, collecting over 40,000 canned goods for Gleaners

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The annual Howell Public Schools district-wide canned food drive organized by Howell High School’s leadership classes was once again a huge success. During the drive, students collected more than 40,000 canned goods, exceeding the leadership classes’ goal by more than 10,000 cans. The canned food drive benefitted Gleaner’s Community Food Bank, and the donations will help those in need in Livingston County. Hutchings Elementary led the district in donations by collecting an amazing 15,291 cans.

“I am always amazed by the generosity shown by our school community during the annual canned food drive. According to the Feeding America Map the Meal Gap project, more than 14,000 people in Livingston County face food insecurity, so there is a huge need in our community, and our district is helping meet that need in a big way” said Gabby DiNatale-Park, one of Howell High School’s leadership teachers. “Our students worked so hard planning and running the canned food drive, and I could not be any prouder of them.

“I am so proud of Hutchings Elementary for the generosity shown during the canned food drive,” said Tim Moore, Hutchings Elementary principal. “Our students worked so hard collecting items to help those in need. Some students went to their neighbor’s houses to ask for donations while others reached into their piggy banks to get out money to purchase canned goods.”

Gleaners Community Food Bank provides those in need with access to sufficient nutritious food and resources. The organization operates five distribution centers across Southeast Michigan.

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