Food drive helps students make a difference

A poster imitating Campbells Soup hangs on Carlmont campus to urge students to donate to the food drive.

Rachel Borshchenko

A poster imitating Campbell’s Soup hangs on Carlmont campus to urge students to donate to the food drive.

Rachel Borshchenko, Staff Writer

Saving people from hunger is as easy as bringing a can to school.

From Nov. 9 through Nov. 20, students can bring canned food and other non-perishables into their fourth period classes in order to feed hungry people, and possibly win themselves a pizza party.

Sophomore Katie Wong is a commissioner in the Do Something Commission in ASB, which organized the food drive. Wong said, “The food drive is a great way to get students involved in helping their communities.”

The food drive is an annual occurrence at Carlmont that the Do Something Commission has taken charge of this year.

According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, one in four people living in these counties are hungry or at risk of becoming hungry, while the national average is one in six people. The Bay Area is the second largest metropolitan area in California, and a significant local population is part of this statistic.

The supervisor of the Do Something Commission, senior Naomi Asrir, said “The non-perishables go to the Second Harvest Food Bank to help families in need. Any food is welcome, and all the donations will help improve lives directly in our community.”

As Asrir said, the food is going to the Second Harvest Food bank, but the special thing about the Carlmont food drive is that some of the food will also be given to Carlmont families. After sorting the donations on Friday, some food will be put aside and given to families in the Carlmont community who have trouble affording to buy food.

Clara Butler, a sophomore who is planning to donate to the food drive, said, “I am donating because it helps to provide food for those who have a hard time affording it. This food drive is especially important because it goes to our own community at Carlmont.”

Wong and Asrir both said that they hope that this year’s drive will collect more food than last year’s drive did. The amount of food is counted in pounds, since not only cans, but also non-perishables, are accepted in this drive.

“Hopefully students will feel glad that they could participate in helping others, and will continue to donate and volunteer,” said Wong.