Students organize massive Thanksgiving food drive


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Kids all over mid-Michigan are looking forward to a short break from school.

And this Thanksgiving, students at Jackson High School can rest well, knowing they’ve made a big difference in their community.

6 News went to Jackson High Wednesday morning to see students moving thousands of pounds of food for their annual Thanksgiving food drive.

“It’s really important that we take our time to give back and help those in need,” said JHS senior Rohitha Polasani.

Over the past several months, students amassed 59,000 food items through collection drives and fundraisers.

“It definitely unique and it’s something the school loves,” said JHS senior Aiden Sova.

Before leaving school for the holiday break, students stayed late to help send off the food to the Salvation Army.

“This is going to be given out in our Christmas baskets coming up soon. We’re going to service 1,200 families so we’re excited,” said Ross Anderson of the Salvation Army.

The school hopes this drive can help kids understand the growing need for food in their community.

“You could be in a class with 30 people. Five of them could be homeless or hungry, and that really put it in perspective for me. Because there could be someone right next to me who is starving,” Sova said.

The school’s principal says this experience goes beyond high school.

“Our kids are high school kids today, but citizens of communities tomorrow. Our hope is not only do they take it into the communities they become a resident of, but also take them in their workplaces, take those efforts into their post-secondary opportunities,” said JHS Principal Barbara Baird-Pauli.

The Salvation Army says their food baskets will help around 5,000 kids.

“The feedback from this community has been incredible. We’re really honored at the Salvation Army to accept this,” Anderson said.

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