By: Christine Souders
The rivalry is on between Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools not just on the field, but also to collect the most food and help fight hunger in the Quad Cities.
Students tailgated Friday night, to kick off the QC Student Hunger Drive.
Both schools held a fill the truck competition, before the game between the Bulldogs and Spartans.
The event is sponsored by local businesses, and the school with the most donations will win an extra $2,000 pounds of food to give to the River bend Foodbank's Annual Student Hunger Drive.
Empty trucks, and tailgating gear, all for a little bit of friendly competition.
"We're just trying to raise as much food as we can. It all goes to the same place, whether it's Bettendorf or Pleasant Valley," said Bettendorf Senior Eric Hale.
"So many of us are fortunate to eat 3 meals a day, and just think there are other high schoolers that live just a few miles away that have to rely on the food bank," said Pleasant Valley Senior Caroline Beckenfelder.
Organizers at the River Bend Foodbank said it couldn't come at a better time.
Right now, the local pantry is supplying food to 300 programs, in 22 counties, and they said the QC Student Hunger Drive is the perfect vehicle to feed those in need.
"We have 10,000 people a week through those feeding programs, so it gives you an idea of the depth of the problem of hunger here locally," said Tom Laughlin, Executive Director of River Bend FoodBank, and it wasn't just students who rallied to show their support.
"We donate can goods, about 6 cans," said P. V. Parent Brian Akker.
"Gave a box of cans to Bettendorf, and gave a box of cans to Pleasant Valley, so that's right, got to keep it fair," said Adam Malcheff, GM at Duck Creek Tire & Service.
An even playing field, that would help River Bend Foodbank move their goal of 8 million pounds of food this year.
"Pleasant Valley's goal is to raise 50 thousand pounds of food," said Beckenfelder.
"This year our goal is 55 thousand pounds, so hopefully we can do that," said Hale.
The competition continues through Saturday, so if you missed your chance to donate, the trucks will be at Duck Creek's Tire and Service in Bettendorf until 3pm Saturday.