Schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has challenged schools and school system offices and departments to boost donations to the Harvest for the Hungry – Kids Helping Kids food campaign by 10 percent this year, a level that would see collection of more than 168,000 pounds of food and $89,000 in cash for the annual drive.
“This is one of the most important things that we can do both as a school system and as a society,” Dr. Maxwell said. “Hungry children cannot be expected to achieve their full potential academically, and despite this recession we have the means in our county to help them. I urge all of our employees, parents, and students, as well as our community and business partners, to join me in contributing to this drive. Ultimately, we are creating a better future for all of us by helping those who are less fortunate.”
A year ago, AACPS students, parents, and employees donated 153,167 pounds of food and $81,412 in cash for the program, providing a huge lift to families that struggle from day to day to put enough food on the table. Food donations were up by 44,000 pounds from 2008, and cash donations more than doubled from the year before.
Schools across the county will hold a variety of events in conjunction with the campaign. Anyone wishing to donate money or canned goods to the Harvest For The Hungry – Kids Helping Kids drive can do so at any county public school or office. Checks dropped off at schools should be made out to the “Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank” with the notation “Kids Helping Kids” in the memo line.
For more information on the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank, call 410-923-4255.