Kentwood collects over 50,000 pounds of food during Munch Madness Food Drive

Kentwood High School Conquerors collected over 55,000 pounds of food for the Kent and Maple Valley food banks in their annual “Munch Madness” canned food drive.

This is the fifth year of the Munch Madness canned food drive.

Each third period class was a separate team trying to raise more cans than their opposing class in a March Madness style bracket. They collected cans by going door to door in local neighborhoods, standing outside grocery stores to accept donations, and soliciting donations from corporate sponsors like Winco Foods.

Every week, third period classes brought food to be weighed and recorded. The members of Kentwood ASB would then come in after school to pack the cans in boxes, and then place them on pallets to be picked up by the school district. In many cases, they had to finish weighing cans after school as well.

Several times, there were so many cans, we didn’t have enough time during the [55 minute] period to weigh all the cans,” said senior Meagan Araki, ASB Treasurer. “We had to come in after school to finish weighing them all and then place them on the pallets.”

The winning class was the second year French class, taught by Marilyn “Madame” Henderson. Her dedicated group of 30 students collected over 12,000 pounds of canned food alone.

Kentwood High School also partnered with the Solid Rock Community Church to provide over 500 Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

Classes were required to bring in a bag of basic Thanksgiving staples for the first round of the competition.





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