Canned food drive stacking up items for Good Cheer Fund


Deniz Karakus, news editor

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host the canned food drive from Nov. 29 – Dec. 15.

Boxes will be placed around the school for donations.

“Boxes can be found by the main office, the cafeteria, the athletic office, guidance office, and the senior rug area. We are also planning on doing collections at basketball and wrestling games, and swim meets,” Mr. Mike Campbell, athletic director, said.

The SAAC is hoping to collect lots of canned foods this year.

“We didn’t count how many canned foods we collected last year, but this year we are very hopeful to help benefit the Good Cheer Fund (GCF). If every student is able to donate just one canned food item, we can make a huge difference for anyone who might be in need,” Mrs. Lindsey Glaze, athletic secretary, said.

Members of the National Honor Society and Service Club will help organize the donations.

Mr. Jacob Sappenfield, GCF fund chairman, explained the program.

“We are Johnson County based, and our mission is to help families during the Christmas season have food for themselves and their families.  We will deliver food baskets –each basket contains 20 to 25 canned good items and 30 perishable / nonperishable items– to 900 families in Johnson County. A significant number of our applications come from the schools, and we figure the counselors have a good idea of the families in the communities that are struggling,” he said.

The Johnson County Schools supply the canned goods.

”Most years we will get over 30,000 canned goods from the schools. We purchase the other food items which costs around $35,000. Those funds are raised through community donations that come in through the Daily Journal and from the Jim Rhoades Hogroast, which is a fundraiser that takes place the Thursday after Thanksgiving,” Mr. Sappenfield said.