Craig Middle School food drive tops 1 ton, raises nearly $2,000 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig Middle School food drive tops 1 ton, raises nearly $2,000

The annual food drive by students at Craig Middle School has resulted in over one ton — 2,023 pounds — of nonperishable food and more than $1,800 to benefit the Interfaith Food Bank in their mission to feed those in need.

"We do it to help the community," said sixth-grade student Kenleigh Pubanz, who was the student to raise the most for the food drive.

She is in Vicki Blomquist's sixth-grade class.

For the fourth year in a row, Blomquist's class brought in the most food and funds.

Students in her class raised over $800 through a bake sale held for about 25 minutes each day, over the course of two weeks, during the school's focus class. They also collected over 55 cans of food.

"I let them think outside the box by asking them 'what do you want to do to help your community?'" Blomquist said.

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Her students worked hard to help ensure that the food bank shelves are stocked before the holidays.

"The kids’ participation is beyond words. They are thinking of others, that's very selfless of them," said Interfaith Food Bank President Karen Bunk.

The food bank is open to anyone with proof of Moffat County residency.

"We provide help for those times in between jobs, homes, receiving other support. We give people enough to fill in the gaps," said Secretary-Treasurer Bonnie Hampton.

Food bank volunteers were impressed with the continued generosity of students.

"The kids’ donation, community service, is reflective of the school, instilling in them the need to provide assistance," Hampton said. "They really stepped up."

Community donations and volunteers are particularly welcome this time of year as demand for services typically increases through the holiday season.

"Hopefully this will be enough for Christmas," Pubanz said.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.