Snake River Jr. High is set to defend their title against Mountain View Middle School
In 3rd Annual FOOD FEUD
The 3rd annual food feud will be a re-match of 2017 participants. Snake River Jr. High vs. Mountain View Middle School. SRJH was the eventual winner after a hard-fought competition last year. The winner is determined by the number of points earned. Points are based on the following point system: 1 point for a can/box of food; 2 Raman noodles = 1 point; $1 = 2 points; Bulk food rice/potatoes etc. 1 point per lb. A total of 8732 points were earned last year which included thousands of cans/boxes of food and $1,300 in cash donations as well. All of which were used for the Blackfoot Community Pantry, operated by Community Dinner Table, Inc. “CDT”.
The 2018 Food Feud will run for two weeks, beginning on April 16th and will run through April 30th. The schools can earn points by bringing in non-perishable food items or cash donations. The winning team will be determined by the number of points divided by the number of students enrolled. Each school can determine how they go about soliciting food donations— grade competitions, classroom competitions, etc. Last year Snake River really got fired up, Principal Bryce Salmon stated, “that the kids were not so much interested in beating MVMS, but rather helping those in need”.
Besides bragging rights, a traveling trophy was also designed by the students and faculty of the SRJH that will be displayed at the winning school. There is also a first-place prize of $1,000 that goes to the winning school. This award is given by the Blackfoot Rotary Club. Rotary Clubs around the world support projects to help the disadvantaged and the local chapter feels strongly about supporting CDT and its fight against hunger in Bingham County.
The Blackfoot Community Pantry is grateful for these efforts because often the shelves are bare come spring time. The donations from other drives, like the Boy Scouts, and holiday giving, have been depleted. The Blackfoot Community Pantry is located at 245 West Sexton. They distribute food boxes every Wednesday to those that may be struggling to feed their families. This winter the Food pantry served nearly 500 families each month and averaged over 250 families a week. This translates to 700-900 cans of food per week. Ronda Cheatham, Food Pantry Director said, “I just want everyone to know how much this food drive has meant to us. It keeps us in canned goods through the summer. We have had trouble with that in the past.”
CDT also hosts a free dinner to the community every Tuesday night from October through March at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church at 168 S. University Street. This year they will hit 65,000 meals served since their inception.
Many businesses, churches and community groups have come together to help CDT over the years. Any help you can lend to the schools during the Food Feud would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation or drop off food during the Feud, please contact the school of your choice.