Jefferson Middle School was the second-place winner in the FalCan Food Drive School Challenge, presented by Publix and United Healthcare. The challenge provided an opportunity for communities to help fight domestic hunger.
Elementary, middle and high schools across Georgia could register for the FalCan Food Drive School.
An Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and Freddie Falcon visited Jefferson Middle School to celebrate the accomplishment of the October food collection effort with Falcons prizes including tickets to the Nov. 18 Falcons game against the Arizona Cardinals. Recognition was also given to the school at the game.
The visit to the school found Freddie and cheerleader Sabrina teaming up with students as they competed in a series of fitness stations: tug of war, jump rope, situps and pushups, hula hoop and the shuttle run. In February of 2012, Sabrina was named the hottest cheerleader in the NFL by BleacherReport.com. She is not just a pretty face; she was helping teams win their tug of war matches when she joined their side of the rope.
Jefferson Middle School collected 3,428 pounds of food to be donated to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
Kings Bridge Middle School collected 1,279 pounds while East Jackson Elementary School collected 1,076 pounds and West Jackson Middle School collected 250 pounds.
Sherry Aquino, who has been actively promoting Food 2 Kids, reports that 92 children in Jackson County are currently being served by the weekend backpack-type program.
“I have kids on a waiting list to start receiving food,” said Aquino, who hopes to add more students when school begins in 2013.
“Our focus at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is to support the Food 2 Kids Program by targeting schools that participate in the Food 2 Kids Program and to collect Food 2 Kids specific items: peanut butter, ravioli, or juice boxes,” said Aquno.
“By collecting food for this program, it reduces the cost which allows to add more children. For example, by collecting just 1,000 pounds during this campaign, we can sponsor 2.5 children for an entire school year,” said Aquino.
For more about how you can help with Food 2 Kids, call Aquino at 770-656-6028.
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