Mountain View Students Collect More Than Two Tons of Food for Hungry

Ice Cream Party Celebrates School's Food Drive Collection

What's better than ice cream in Arizona? Nothing, really. Just ask students at Mountain View School — they'll be treated to a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream party at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, for collecting the most food during the first Washington Elementary School District's We Can End Hunger Food Drive. The school is located at 801 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix.

During two weeks in February, all 32 schools in the Washington Elementary School District held a variety of events, activities and games to collect food benefiting the Desert Mission Food Bank, part of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. The We Can End Hunger Food Drive collected a total of 24,601 pounds of food, with Mountain View contributing 4,293 of the total.

Mountain View also received a We Can End Hunger trophy. Cold Stone Creamery and Desert Mission are partnering to provide the ice cream party.

"We so appreciate what they did," said Cindy Hallman, vice president of community services for the Health Network. "One in six Arizonans is food insecure. This Washington Elementary School District food drive was a first, and Desert Mission looks forward to a partnership with them. They're doing a world of good."

Julio Valenzuela, sponsor of Mountain View's Community Action Team, led the school's food drive efforts. "The kids and teachers all felt a really positive energy with this effort," he said. "Our kids really rallied around the cause. We have a lot of hardworking families who sometimes struggle themselves to make ends meet, but they came through in a big way. We're looking forward to having an ongoing relationship with Desert Mission."

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