With the day of the Food for Families Drive set as Friday, November 19, parents, students, and community members in Clifton, Meridian, Iredell, Valley Mills, Kopperl, the Gap, Morgan and Walnut Springs all gathered goodies for those in need this Thanksgiving. A good showing was had from all, with Kindergarteners bringing in the most at Meridian ISD. Meridian Elementary brought in 1,798 items. Kopperl ISD brought in 618 pounds total, with the second graders pulling ahead of other grades at 211 pounds.
North Bosque Helping Hands reportedly brought in more than 17,000 pounds of food, while the Clifton Food Pantry reported 25,540 pounds. The best part of this drive hosted by KWTX in Waco is that food is distributed to the communities it’s received in, benefitting those who need it most in our area.
Photos above courtesy of Pastor Mary Gean Cope
Iredell ISD donated more than 2,000 pounds of food, being the winner of Bosque County Schools and showcased on the local news network. The donations went to North Bosque Helping Hands.
For the second year in a row, several Clifton ISD teachers got the Ice Bucket, with three selected this year. Sam Ledlow, Jason Williams, and Amy DeLaVergne were the lucky recipients of the ice bucket challenge. While Coach Ledlow came away looking pretty cold, Williams danced away the pain, and DeLaVergne powered through.
Central Texans have generously donated food and money to the tune of more than one million pounds each year for the past seven years.
In 2020 alone, 2,644,406 pounds of food was collected. According to the news network, 2021 is set to surpass the 2020 totals, according to the preliminary count. Many food banks are still counting cans and cash donations, with the true total to still be announced. All food items donated through November 30 will be counted for the drive.