NHS Food Drive collects record 12,064 pounds

Angela Demas, Staff Reporter

Each year during Fall, the National Honors Society (NHS) holds a food drive for the non-profit organization Greater Lansing Food Bank. People within the Okemos community donate food and personal supplies to the food drive.
“The NHS fall food drive is one of our two large mandatory events. Every member in the organization participates is one way or another, whether it be sorting the bags, dropping off bags, picking them up, or sorting the food,” Cameron Moy (12), The President of NHS said.
The food drive began at the start of September and received bag donations from local stores. On Oct. 5, the food drive ended and was able to donate 12,064 pounds worth of food and personal supplies. This is an increase of 3,199 pounds from the previous year.
To be able to accomplish this goal, a lot of work had been put into this event. New routes had been created as well as the maps for the drivers.
Shelby Fletcher and Elizabeth Krause are the advisors of NHS. The officers are Nikita Kale (12), Jack Behan (12), and Anya Dhar (12). These people, as well as everyone apart of NHS, have contributed to the food drive.
“I don’t think I have accomplished anything personally as it is a team effort. Everyone in NHS and the community pitched in to help, and so I don’t really think I can say I had any personal accomplishments. However, we did collect a record-breaking amount, totaling over 12,000 pounds of food, which felt really good,” Dhar (12) said.
The whole point of the NHS food drive is to help those who are less fortunate to be able to receive food and supplies. The Greater Lansing Food Bank is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Which is why NHS donates the goods from their food drive to this organization.
“The Greater Lansing Food Bank is a wonderful organization. Their staff help our NHS volunteers sort and stack all of the various donations in order to get them out to community members quickly. We were excited to not only fill one truck this year but to need to make the GLFB return with three separate trucks to collect all of our donations,” Krause said.
From the past three years, an obvious growth in donated food is seen. In 2017, 7726 pounds and 6438 meals were donated due to the NHS Food Drive. For 2018, 8865 pounds and 7388 meals were donated. This year, 12,064 pounds and 10,053 meals were donated and it took three truckloads to transport 25 bins containing products for the food drive.
Here are some tips for those looking to donate in the near future.
“In the future, food and personal items can be left out on the day of the food drive or delivered to the staff parking lot on the day of the event. We also accept donations dropped off at the school in the main office or the Food Bank will happily accept donations dropped off at their main office,” Krause said.
What does this event mean to those helping out our community?
“I think this food drive is extremely important. Everyone deserves to have food to eat and feel like people care about them, and I think this food drive provides that for the people who need it. It also brings the whole community together, especially with the scope of the food drive,” Dhar said.
“One of the four pillars of NHS is service and we believe it is our duty to not only serve our local community by collecting food and personal item donations but also serve the larger Lansing community with our collected donations. Our NHS members did an excellent job serving the Okemos community,” Krause said.