Chandler Elementary has been a partner with us for the past three years during our Food Drive. They have collected more than 3,500 items through their efforts! This year, the Kids 4 Kindness committee organized the school's food drive.
Four businesses competed to see who could collect the most items for a chance to win a batch of cinnamon rolls. A huge thank you to Culligan Water of Chandler, Powerline Freight Systems, LNB Community Bank, and Hi-Tech Sheet Metal for collecting 218 items altogether! Culligan was our winner, collecting 72 total food items.
As a way to further engage citizens, we added a Food Drive Scavenger Hunt to our efforts this year. Teams of up to 4 people went out into the community in search of particular types of food items to help earn points. Teams with the most points, most food items, and most total weight of items were awarded prizes, which included free one-hour passes donated by Elite Air of Newburgh; no team was allowed to win in more than one category. We had eight teams participate, collecting a total of 653 items and 700 pounds of food and personal care items to be donated! Girl Scout Troop 363 dominated the event, collecting 231 pounds; Nancy Daniel's team collected the most items at 83; and the McDaniel family scored the most points, thanks to some hair dye, good use of a $5 Walmart gift card, and some high-scoring items.
Thank you, again, to everyone who helped in this effort! The need continues to grow in our community, and we hope that you will think of the Chandler United Methodist Food Pantry and the Chandler Cumberland Presbyterian Church Food Bank as a worthy cause to support throughout the year!