COLUMBIA, Md. - "Wow. This is a lot of food," said 8th grader Christa Falco. "I've never even heard of some of these foods."
It’s a project benefiting the Maryland Food Bank and the thousands of families children who don’t know when or from where they’ll get their next meal. At the same time, these students are learning a lesson, not from their textbooks or classrooms, but from the harsh reality of hunger in our state.
"Some people may not have enough money, trying to support themselves or their children," said 6th grader Michael Oliver. "So maybe we can just get some food to them."
"We want our students to not be selfish, to be thinking of others," said director of administration Mark Etzel. "We want them to be more concerned about others than they are about themselves. So to see the students volunteering with this initiative, it really warms our hearts."
The project also allows the students to get a first-hand look inside the Food Bank because when the drive wraps up this team will deliver the goods and help serve those in need.
"It just takes a few cans to make a difference for people who don't have what we have," said Falco.
Etzel is also providing a little more incentive for the students’ competition. Those who bring in the most cans will get to pie him in the face at an assembly.
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