By: Christine Souders
Hungry families in the QCA will have food on the table thanks to the hard work of local high school students.
The 27th Annual Hunger Drive was a huge success, nearly 780 thousand pounds worth of food were collected this year by thousands of high school students and volunteers.
"We donated 75,619 lbs to the student hunger drive," said High School Senior Jessi Tapia who says she can't express in words the amount of joy she's feeling about her school's contribution.
"I wish I could see the smiles on their faces, it would make it even ten times better."
The same goes for Alleman High School Students, who say it's hard to imagine that so many people are struggling to put food on the table right here in the Quad Cities.
"It's just really shocking that just out your back door there's people that can't eat and you can, so it feels really good to know that you're helping people especially during the holidays," said Elly Hoogerwerf, Alleman Senior.
Organizers say these kids don't realize the huge impact they have on the community by collecting the amount of food they have in the past six weeks, "We provide the River Bend Food Bank with about 11 percent of their annual distribution, so in a years' time the food bank will distribute over 7 million pounds of food," said Denise Hester, the Hunger Drive's Executive Director.
And the more students we talked to say participating in the Hunger Drive shows just how much we take for granted.
"Flour, the essentials like that, juice, cans. We just really want people to have everything and be able to eat just like we do," said Abbey Johnson, an Alleman HS Senior.
Organizers say more people in the Quad Cities go hungry this time of year, so River Bend Food Bank will get this shipment in time for the holidays.