2009 National Student Food Drive Kicks Off in September

The third annual National Student Food Drive kicks off on Sept. 14, with high schools from around the Valley looking to dethrone two-time champion Mountain Ridge High School and claim the coveted John van Hengel Memorial Cup for collecting the most food and cash donations.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has a list of committed and active sponsors for this year’s event, including Revolution Tea, the Phoenix Suns, Sara Lee and KEZ-FM (99.9). A kick-off party is set for Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Food Bank’s 31st Avenue warehouse where student representatives and faculty advisors will get a meal, their food drive T-shirts and ideas on how to creatively increase donations.

Teams can win a live KEZ radio remote at their school (schools must attend the kickoff party to be eligible) and other fun prizes while the winners will collect the John van Hengel Memorial Cup at center court before a Phoenix Suns home game at US Airways Arena later this fall.

There is still time for clubs, service organizations, student governments or even a classroom to represent their school and take on the challenge of helping to feed the hungry in Arizona. For more information, contact St. Mary’s Food Drive Coordinator Frank Bonner at (602) 343-3175 or by email at rfbonner@firstfoodbank.org.

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