With nearly 2000 cans of food collected last year, the Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) claimed the title of Champions of the first ever Food Feud. This is a canned food drive to help stock the pantry shelves of the Community Dinner Table Food Pantry. This year they will square off against the Snake River Jr. High School. This should be a good battle, and it will not be an easy task to defend their title. MVMS Principal Wes Jensen said, “MVMS will take on any challengers”. The faculty and students are confident and ready to go to work to help those in need. Bryce Salmon, Principal at Snake River, and his school are up for the challenge.
The Food Feud will run for two weeks, beginning on April 3rd and running through April 14th. 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 MVMS got very creative.
Besides bragging rights, there is 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 feel strongly about the CDT and its fight against hunger in Bingham County.
The CDT Food Pantry is grateful for these efforts because often the shelves begin to get sparse during the spring. The donations from other drives, like the Boy Scouts, Post Office, and holiday giving, have been depleted. The CDT Food 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 number of families being served has averaged over 200 a week. The CDT also hosts a free dinner to those in need every Tuesday night from October through March at Jason Lee United Methodist Church at 168 S. University Street.
Many businesses, churches and community groups have come together to help the 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, contact the school of your choice.