TOPSHAM, Maine— Mt. Ararat High School’s Interact Club students are asking the public to help “Cram the Van” on Saturday to benefit the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.
The students will be posted with a van and school bus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Topsham Hannaford parking lot.
Since 2007, the Mt. Ararat club, in conjunction with the National Honor Society, has been conducting an annual food drive to collect nonperishable items for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. The school just participated in the School Spirit Challenge, raising over 13,000 pounds of food, but it wants to do more.
“There’s been a lot of food collection going on and a whole bunch of fundraising, so at this point in the year, we’re trying to get that last round [in] because everyone is thinking spring and school is ending and that means no free meals for students that need them,” said Interact Club President Lindsey Cornelison. “We need the food bank to be full so they can have their meals.”
A few days after last year’s “Cram the Van,” Interact Club’s Daphenie Thenor, in charge of public relations, went back to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program to volunteer.
“You see people are genuinely happy that the food banks are refilling and that there is more food,” she said.
She said it feels good to give back, and she remembers speaking to one woman who said, “I know that the food has come from two schools, and we thank you guys so much for doing this.”
“I think it means a lot more that it’s the direct community of young people who are doing this,” Cornelison. “There’s more coming together for this cause,” than just donating money.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is looking for items such as boxed cereal, canned fruit, canned soups, hamburger/tuna helper, canned beef stew, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, rice, fresh potatoes and onions.