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Time For Another Student Hunger Drive

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The change of season in the Quad Cities brings with it many exciting fall traditions, including the Student Hunger Drive.

The annual competition gets started on Monday, September 30, 2013 with the kick off party.

Over the next five to six weeks, area high school students will compete against each other for a great cause.

Students work to collect thousands of pounds of food that will make its way to the River Bend Food Bank.

With the help of a faculty advisor, high school students plan events to promote the drive and organize their food collection.

Students must also package and deliver all collected food to the River Bend Food Bank.  

River Bend food Bank serves 22 counties in Illinois and Iowa.

Food collected from the Student Hunger Drive will be distributed to 120 different food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day cares and rehab centers.

Since 1986, the Student Hunger Drive has collected nearly 15 million pounds of food.
 
Last year, students collected over 700 thousand pounds, something that Executive Director Denise Hester says may be difficult to do this year.

"We know that each year with costs increasing and fuel costs, we know that it's getting harder and harder for the kids to match the previous years' numbers. We are thankful for every can schools bring in."

Organizers say area students will also benefit from the Student Hunger Drive by learning valuable lessons in community service and volunteerism.