Every year, the South Eugene Food Drive runs in the month of November with the objective of getting as much canned food as possible for Food for Lane County, who later distribute those cans out to hungry families. For some students, food may seem like a small issue that never really affects their everyday life; however, what they may not realize is how many people in Lane County need the food.
For South student government, the food drive is an important community service project.
“The food drive is probably one of the most significant things we do,” senior ASB vice-president Alec Bania said. “39 percent of people in Lane County suffer from some form of food insecurity, so it’s a really wide-reaching issue that often goes unseen. School food drives are an important part of Food For Lane County’s operation, and make up 15 percent of their annual intake.”
Despite these facts, the South Eugene Food Drive has fallen short in the last few years. In 2013, South raised 1,500 pounds of food, half the amount they were able to raise the year before. This year Student government does not believe they will reach that goal.
“It was a little surprising to see how little food was being brought in at the start of the food drive,” Hall said, “but we have seen a lot more cans come in these last few days.”
With all of student government’s hard work, hopefully South students will come through.
“Student government has tried to publicize the food drive by announcing in classes, posting on social media, making morning announcements, and making it a competition between classes,” senior vice-president Koko Hall said. “However, it’s ultimately up to the students at South to bring in the cans to help our community.”