In 2009, students at Community High School began raising money for Food Gatherers’ Rockin’ for the Hungry food and fund drive. This year, the intrepid young fundraisers reached a major milestone. Employing both traditional and surprising fundraising tactics, Community students brought a gift of $67,890.62 to Rockin’ — enough funds to provide more than 203,000 meals to the 1 in 7 people in Washtenaw County who are food insecure.
This means that since 2009, Community students have collectively donated more than one million meals to fight food insecurity in Washtenaw County.
Students asked relatives to join the fight against hunger, went door to door collecting funds in their neighborhoods, and solicited online with peer-to-peer fundraisers using Food Gatherers’ online donation platform. Some students recorded and sold a CD and donated the proceeds to Rockin’. One student did backflips for money. Almost every student found a way to meet the school administration’s challenge for each student to raise $100 for the fight against hunger.
Community’s forums — homeroom-style groups of students — competed with each other to raise the most money. On November 20, all forums gathered at St. Andrew’s to present their preliminary totals, but the funds rolled in all the way up to when Community delivered their gift to Rockin’ on December 1. The DeWoskin forum, which generated the most meals of any forum, won a pizza party and Food Gatherers swag.
Food Gatherers staff is amazed by the size and year-over-year growth of Community’s donations. With an enrollment of nearly 530 students, Community outdoes itself every year and sets an admirable example for other community members to follow. Doubling their goodness, the Community High donation to Rockin’ is matched each year by the generous support of Harold and Kay Peplau and other community donors.
The ability of high school students, who are at such a busy time in their lives, to raise such an incredible sum of funds for the community proves one of Food Gatherers’ core beliefs: there is a place for everyone in the fight against hunger.
About Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers’ mission is to alleviate hunger in Washtenaw County. As the food bank and food rescue program for the county, we distribute more than 6.3 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit programs serving approximately 44,500 low-income adults, seniors and children every year. For a list of our partner programs, or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.