The food drive started many years ago in Coach Parks’ garage. In 1999, the food drive was moved on campus when Mr. Fontana, the new Activity Director, involved Leadership students. Over the years, the number of cans collected has grown from 5,200 to well over 100,000.

The Canned Food Drive is held in November and December and is organized by the Leadership Students. M-A students and staff collect money and non-perishable food in an effort to feed 400-500 M-A families and others in the community. The food drive kicks off in November when students start ‘canning’ – collecting non-perishable foods outside of local grocery stores. M-A families also send in donations to school. The money that is donated is used to purchase perishable items.

In December, recipient families receive at least two weeks’ worth of canned food, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, a large bag of rice and whole chickens.

Adult volunteers are needed on distribution day to help the students sort and pack the food into family-sized boxes.

Canned Food Drive Committee Chair:

  • Jenn Hultgren