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National Honor Society kicks off Student Food Drive

October 17, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

The Union High School National Honor Society (NHS) is taking part in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank Student Food Drive, competing against other area schools and collecting meals for those in need.

The student food drive will last six weeks for Union as they compete directly with Hudson High School. According to Amy Kriz, Union High School Counselor, UHS collected over 9,000 meals last year calculated by donations ($1 equals four meals) and non-perishable food items (1.2 pounds equals a meal). Union notably beat Hudson and took second place overall, just behind Cedar Falls High School.

"It's a humbling experience to be able to collect food in our school and give it back to the community," Megan Carty, a member of NHS said. "It's nice to know were are helping others, including students."

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Kody Crawford competes in the Student Food Drive Kick off on Monday, Oct. 1. Photos submitted.

According to a release created by Kriz, students at the high school will be taking part in food-raising events, including a competition "between advisory groups in which the group with the highest points in products collected earns a pizza party, courtesy of the La Porte City Casey's General Store." Other prizes are also available.

"Each week, we will have a special category like fruit week," Zeke Seuser, an NHS member said. "When students bring in canned fruits, they get extra points for their advisory. It's based on a point system and every advisory is competing. Anyone can still bring in other items, but they get extra points if they bring in an item that goes with that week's category."

Members of NHS have also opened their "NHS Cafe" on Monday mornings, offering hot chocolate and baked goods to raise money for the drive. Assigned members of NHS take on different responsibilities, including running the cafe, collecting food from advisory and runs the food drive at Union. Both Carty and Seuser are on advisory competition committee, working on getting prizes and putting up posters around the school respectively.

UHS students will also be holding a "Trick-or-Treating for Cans" community event around 4 p.m. in La Porte City and Dysart, collecting non-perishable food items from residents before their respective trick-or-treating begins. Although the Food Bank does not refuse any non-perishable food donations, their wish list items are the following: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, potted meat product (like deviled ham), and canned fruit. According to the release, clothing, animal food, pop or bottled water are not accepted. For those who wish to donate but will not be home at that time, let NHS know by messaging the Union High Facebook page, emailing Kriz at, or calling the school.

According to the release, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is in Waterloo. The Food Bank services approximately 200 food pantries, community meals, soup kitchens, senior centers, low-income schools and daycares, and after school programs in sixteen northeast Iowa counties. Food collected from the Student Food Drive will be channeled back into participating communities through the Member Agency Distribution Program.



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