Students at Hackler Intermediate Collect $825 to provide 4,125 meals

Monday, February 25 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Change drive supports Arvest Bank’s mission to reduce food insecurity locally 

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Students at Hackler Intermediate School recently held a week-long change drive to help reduce food insecurity among students in the Mountain Home School District. Donations totaled $825.28. Teacher Emily Jordan’s fourth grade students collected the most change of any class, totaling $119.20. Fifth grade teacher Chris White’s class collected the second highest amount of $75.64 and Michelle Pope’s class was third with $73.13 in donations.  Ms. Jordan’s class receives a complimentary popcorn party from the school and Arvest Bank for collecting the most donations during the drive. 

All of the donations benefit a local, annual Arvest Bank initiative called “Feed the Pack” that collects monetary donations and nonperishable food items in support of the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas’ backpack programs and other area backpack programs. The Mountain Home School District’s backpack program is one of the many programs that are supported by the food bank.  

Hunger relief organizations can provide five meals, sometimes more, with every dollar donated, so contributions from the students’ change drive will provide 4,125 meals to their district’s backpack programs. Such programs provide supplemental snacks for children on weekends and holidays, times when they may not always receive enough to eat because they don’t have access to school meal programs.“Our students have big hearts and that’s even more evident when there’s an opportunity to help another student or someone in the community,” said Allyson Dewey, principal of Hackler Intermediate School. “It’s our hope that this change drive will bridge that hunger gap for students on weekends and holidays.”

Tags: North Central Arkansas
Danielle on 2/26/2019 at 1:46 PM
Congrats! I'm proud to see my hometown representing well and making a difference in the community.

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