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Food Fight!: a student-powered food & fund drive


In 2014, the Food Bank of Lincoln partnered with People’s City Mission to help host a six-week student-led food drive called the Southeast Nebraska Student Hunger Drive. Retired school principal Dr. Nancy Becker coordinated the food drive, connected the schools, and inspired the students. Participating schools were divided into two categories: large school division and small school division. Lincoln Pius X won the large school division, donating 13,603 pounds of food, which equated to 13.79 pounds per student. College View Academy won the small school division by donating more than 30 pounds per student. The event totaled 39,498 pounds of food!

In 2015, the Student Hunger Drive had its best year yet, with 11 schools collecting 42,887 pounds of food, which provided 35,739 meals.

In 2016, the name of this effort changed to Food Fight!, but the spirit of competition and community remained strongly intact. Nine schools participated. Together, they collected 36,298 pounds and $4,169.60 for a grand total of 38,518 meals!


Inspire volunteerism and community involvement among high school students as we join together in the fight against hunger in Southeast Nebraska.


Thank you for deciding to be a part of the 2017 Food Fight! Drive. This year we want to get 10 high schools, 40,000 pounds of food and $5,000. If we reach those goals, that will equate to more than 48,000 meals!

It’s important that students lead this initiative. This kind of volunteer effort provides valuable problem-solving skills, business savvy, and communication and leadership skills. Plus, all of the hours worked on the drive can be counted toward student volunteer hours!

Please make sure to get permission from your school prior to starting the drive. Remember this is a community effort. We strongly encourage you to connect with your surrounding elementary and middle schools to get them involved in your efforts. The idea is for the older students to model leadership behavior to younger students. Elementary schools have historically raised large quantities of food, all of which could be counted toward your high school’s total! You would be missing out if you didn’t include your “feeder” schools!


The Food Bank of Lincoln will supply plastic bins for your school. You can pick them up at the Kick-off or any time during the Kick-off Week (September 25-29). Should you need more bins during the drive please contact Jason Helgren (see contact information at the end of the packet).
Please label your bins and any boxes with your school name to ensure your school receives accurate credit for your effort. Please label any donations from elementary or middle schools with both the feeder school’s name and the affiliated high school’s name.

Purchased Food: Please use the bins provided for loose food only. If your school purchases cases of food from grocery stores, please leave these items in the original packaging. If the quantity is large enough, you can see if the grocery store will deliver the items to the Food Bank or you can arrange other transportation directly to the Food Bank.

Food Drop-Offs

Each participating school is responsible for transporting their food to the Food Bank. All donations must be delivered no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 3, but periodic drop offs throughout the running of the drive are highly encouraged. Please contact Jason to schedule a date and time for any drop off.

The Food Bank of Lincoln is located at 4840 Doris Bair Circle in Lincoln, which is approximately four blocks north and one block east of 48th & Superior Streets. All donations should be delivered to the Child Hunger Building on the west side of the parking lot.

Monetary Donations

Students may collect monetary donations to benefit the drive, but unlike in previous years, the money does NOT need to be converted into pounds. Checks can be mailed to the Food Bank of Lincoln or delivered in person. Checks should be made payable to: Food Bank of Lincoln and include this message in the memo: Food Fight – [name of school]. The donations will be accepted as money, and will need to be turned in no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 3. Monetary donations are encouraged to be made online by visiting http://lincolnfoodbank.org/foodfight/ and selecting the appropriate school from the drop down menu.

Volunteer Hours:

All students involved in working on this event are eligible to receive volunteer hours. Please record all the times you spend on the drive. Once complete, have an advisor sign off on the time and then send it to Jason Helgren for final approval. The following are examples that can be used as volunteer hours: brainstorming about ideas, sponsoring events to benefit the drive, material pickup and food drop off transportation time.

Point System

New to Food Fight! 2017 is the point system award category. Schools will receive points for pounds of various food items, the feeder schools they get involved, reusable grocery tote bags donated, and funds raised. The food, however, must be sorted into like items upon delivery to the Food Bank for weighing in order to receive points. Below is how points will be awarded:

• Cereal/oatmeal – 20 pts/lb
• Canned vegetables & peanut butter – 10 pts/lb
• Fruit juice – 5 pts/lb
• All other food – 1 pt/lb
• Personal care items – 3 pts/lb
• Feeder schools that raise a minimum of 100 lbs – 25 pts
• Reusable grocery tote bag – 5 pts/bag
• Funds – 3 pts/$1
• First school to turn in 500 lbs – 100 pts
• First school to turn in $500 – 100 pts

Step by step guide on collecting food

1. Create labels/flyers to post around your school. The more noticeable and memorable the flyers are the better.
2. Clearly detail the location of collection barrels/boxes.
3. Connect with your school newspaper and/or radio to announce the dates of the drive and to keep the momentum going.
4. Make sure to gather and place all loose food into barrels, boxes, or bags.

Most needed items: (Any non-perishable canned or boxed item)

• Canned meats (example, Tuna)
• Soups, canned or boxed
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Peanut butter
• Boxed dinners (example, Macaroni & Cheese)
• Granola bars
• Cereals
• 100% fruit juices (shelf stable)

Most needed personal care items:

• Toilet paper
• Diapers and wipes
• Soap
• Shampoo
• Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
• Personal hygiene products

Generous Sponsorship of Food Fight! is Provided by:

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