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WESD and Desert Mission Food Bank Team Up to End Hunger

Food donations will be accepted February 18 – 28 at all Washington Elementary Schools to benefit Desert Mission Food Bank.

Washington Elementary School District (WESD) students are worth their weight – in canned food items. They are proving it this month during the We Can End Hunger Food Drive in support of Desert Mission Food Bank, part of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. All 32 schools and administrative offices are collecting canned food donations from February 18 through 28.

More than 24,500 pounds of nonperishable food items were collected during last February's drive – that's more than one pound of food for each student in the WESD. This year's drive promises to be even bigger. In addition to each school participating, 20 business partners (members of WESD's Business Advisory Team) are also collecting nonperishable food items for the drive.

These businesses will add their donations to those of their neighborhood school. The school that collects the most pounds per student will earn an ice cream party and the We Can End Hunger trophy. Last year's winner was Mountain View School in Sunnyslope, with 4,293 pounds of food donated – that's 3.129 pounds of food per student.

The most needed food items are canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and tuna. Desert Mission Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to help families move out of crisis and into self-sufficiency where they can provide meals for themselves. Members of the community who would like to donate are invited to stop by any WESD school. For a complete list of schools, visit the WESD Web site at www.wesdschools.org.

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