CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ursuline Academy's Canned Food Drive will culminate in deliveries to agencies who serve those in need.
For weeks the students will have competed with each other to see which class can bring in the most canned goods that will be donated to Mercy Home Food Pantry in Walnut Hills, Mason Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, and Hope Emergency in Brown County.
Community Service Coordinator Kira Hinkle says, "Ursuline's Canned Food Drive is our school's philosophy in action. Through this monumental three-day event, our school community springs into action to help those in Greater Cincinnati who are living in poverty." Hinkle explained that the Student Canned Food Drive Leadership Team has been hard at work raising awareness about poverty issues in Cincinnati and motivating the student body to reach their goal of 20,000 lbs. of food in just three days.
To increase student participation, the student team is implementing two new components to this year's drive.
Each grade will build sculptures out of canned goods on Friday, April 19 to get the school community excited and ready to kick off the event. "Additionally, the team is planning a poverty statistics scavenger hunt around the school to help educate the student body about hunger issues and to bring in an educational component to this year's drive," said Hinkle.
The Canned Food Drive is the largest effort of the school's annual Spirit Week, which will run from April 22 thru 26. All activities are focused on charitable giving, including the "Spirit Walk" which benefits a scholarship fund for young women to attend Ursuline.