I am a senior at Lehi High School. I am an active member on our high school student government. Our school was asked to be a part of the home away from home food drive. I volunteered to take this project as my own and be a responsible leader to collect and organize ways to get the food. I brain stormed ideas to raise the food and the money. I came up with a lot. The food drive was a huge success with over 11,000 pounds of food and $800.00.
The first idea I had was class competitions at the high school. Each day I had all the members of the student council go to every class and collect cans and money. We gave three prizes away to the top classes in the school the first was a breakfast party. The second was a doughnut party, and third was a huge jar of candy. Each class room donated so much food. At the school we had a whole wall stacked with cans that seemed to go on forever.
One of the ideas was to go to local grocery stores and be outside collecting cans and money. I contacted all the grocery stores and got the approval to be there. I picked a Saturday and the student council divided up and went to the stores and collected cans. We spent 4 hours and would trade off every 4 hours so every student council member had a chance.
The next idea I had was to have all the local elementary schools be apart of the food drive. I went to all the local schools presented the idea to the principles and started the next day. I made flyers for every student to take home to their parent. For the class that donated the most food they would receive an ice cream party with the Lehi high school mascot Pioneer Pete. Every day my team for the food drive would go to the schools count up the cans, load them up, and take them to the high school. The little kids loved the food drive at one of the schools each class room had at least 200 cans of food. Having the elementary schools as part of the food drive was a huge success.
The very best part of being in charge of this food drive was having a real heart warming experience. One of the students at the elementary said he was so sorry but he could not bring a can because his family did not have enough. The next day the little boy brought one can and was so happy to give the can. He had the biggest smile on his face and said ‘I hope this can will make someone very happy”. The little boy brought tears to my eyes. I was able to get the boys address and phone number. Rick (a member of student council) and I took 700 cans and bought a turkey to give the family. When I handed the turkey to the mom she broke down in tears. She told us we were the answer to her prayer because she did not know how she was going to provide a thanksgiving for her family. This was the most amazing experience of my life.
Organizing this food drive was so much work. But it was so worth it. In the end Lehi High School’s food was picked up by the 96th Regional Readiness Command Army Reserve by a huge army truck. It took 1 hour and 30 people to load the food in the truck. This food drive had a huge impact on many families. It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.