CMS students help stock local food bank

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Thanks to Craig Middle School (CMS), the Inter-Faith Food Bank is better stocked this holiday season. Starting from early November until last week, CMS students worked with their homeroom classes and throughout the community to collect food items and monetary donations.

Set up by CMS Student Council and advised by teacher Alicia Reynolds, CMS gathered more than 6,000 food items and $2,174 for the Inter-Faith Food Bank.

Food items and other donations will be distributed among the needy in the area.

Sixteen homerooms participated from CMS and Arlene Roth, an Inter-Faith Food Bank volunteer, was said students did great work.

Cody Bebensee, a seventh-grader and top collector from Steve Ghirardelli's homeroom, used a simple door-to-door method to help the cause.

"I just asked politely," Bebensee, 13, said. "It was also good to get out there in the first few days."

Ghirardelli's homeroom collected 4,500 food items.

Student Council also set up a point system and goals for each homeroom to obtain 12,000 points. Each dollar donated was equal to four points and each food item brought in was worth one point. Some larger size food items were given additional points, depending on the opinion of Reynolds.

Some Student Council members also helped unload the truck full of food items at the food bank.

The goal was met and students will be able to enjoy a reward day where a movie will be shown and, according to Reynolds, it will be a two-class period of relaxation for students.

Inter-Faith Food Bank also distributes holiday baskets for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Needy community members may stop into the food bank three times a year and twice during the holiday season no questions asked. With the holidays, the food bank also distributes perishable goods and meats such as turkey and chicken.

To make a donation to the Inter-Faith Food Bank, call the food bank at 824-7355.

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