Students donate food for families in need


Francesca D'Urzo

A collection of events that ASB has accomplished this year. Soni Kanaya, a junior and member of ASB, organizes and prepares the canned food donations for collection.

Francesca D'Urzo, Staff Writer

With the spirit of the holiday season, ASB held their annual food drive in order to give back to the community by collecting canned food donations for those in need.

The food drive began on Nov. 13 and ended on Nov. 20. Throughout the week, students were encouraged to bring in canned foods and non-perishables to their second-period class or the ASB room.

Greta Foehr, a junior and member of ASB, said, “The overall purpose of our annual food drive is to help provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. I always look forward to this event, as it provides students with the opportunity to give back to the community in such a positive and effective way.”

The classes who collect the most donations are rewarded with boxes of donuts provided by ASB. This year, the three classes that gathered the most donations were the second-period of Michelle McKee, Felix Guzman, and Genevieve Tep, who all collected over three bins worth of canned food and non-perishables.

Soni Kanaya, a junior and member of ASB, said, “Everyone in ASB was so amazed by how successful the food drive was this year. When it was time to collect the donations from the classes, ASB members were bringing back bin after bin filled to the top with donations. I have never seen so many Carlmont food drive donations before.”

All of the canned food and non-perishables that were collected at Carlmont will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank focused in the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

The Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 aimed at providing food for those stricken by hunger and poverty across America. In 2018 alone, the organization has collected over 46 million food donations for the Silicon Valley community.

Nate Hsich, a freshman, said, “If every student contributes a small donation to the food drive, we can make a huge difference in the lives of families in need. It feels amazing being able to help others have food on the table, so I encourage others to try and make the effort to donate to organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank. Whether it’s one can or three bags of cans, every donation helps.”

With the annual food drive, ASB aims to make an overall positive impact on the lives of those in need as well as to provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community.

“The more students participate in events like the food drive, the more of a positive impact we can make in the community as a school. And with the beginning of the holiday season, it is the perfect time to be giving back,” Foehr said. “Overall, I am just proud to be a part of such a dedicated and charitable community.”