More than two dozen school communities in Dearborn Public Schools came together the week before Thanksgiving to collect thousands of food items to donate to area charities.
Twenty-nine schools participated in the seventh edition of the Battle against Hunger from November 15 to 19. In total, over 55,000 food items were collected and over $ 3,700 in monetary donations. The food was donated to Zaman International. Monetary donations will be split between the Amity Foundation and the Gleaners Food Bank. For the sake of counting, $ 1 of donations was counted as two food items.
This year marked the highest number of Dearborn public schools participating in the battle against hunger.
The battle began in 2015 as a friendly off-court competition between rival schools Dearborn and Fordson. Edsel Ford High School then joined the food drive, and it was opened to elementary and middle schools in the district to participate.
Initially, the event was a competition between schools to see who could collect the most non-perishable food and cash. Today, the event is a cooperative effort to help families in need through three local nonprofits.
âThe battle against hunger has become a colossal effort and we would like to thank our families and our community for their continued support,â said the superintendent. Glenn Maleyko. âTeaching our students empathy for those in need is an invaluable life lesson. “
Students from Dearborn, Fordson and Edsel Ford high schools helped run campaigns in their schools. They especially wanted to thank the companies that helped support the campaign, including Holy Cluck, WingFellas, Roma Bakery, Samhat Bakery, East Dearborn Nutrition, West Dearborn Nutrition, Twin Cones, Greenland, and Dearborn Heights Dearborn Fresh.