Grayslake Central's food drive collects 50,000 pounds

  • Students from the Grayslake Central High School's student council and public service practicum packaged up 50,000 pounds of food on Friday for their 21st Annual Food Drive.

    Students from the Grayslake Central High School's student council and public service practicum packaged up 50,000 pounds of food on Friday for their 21st Annual Food Drive. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake Central High School sophomore student council members Kelsey Littner, left, and Peyton Vaughn organize the breakfast section during Friday's food drive event.

    Grayslake Central High School sophomore student council members Kelsey Littner, left, and Peyton Vaughn organize the breakfast section during Friday's food drive event. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/6/2013 3:13 PM

More than 50,000 pounds of food was collected for Grayslake Central High School's 21st Annual Food Drive.

On Nov. 16, students delivered collection bags in the community and they were picked up Nov. 23. An all-school drive was also held. On Friday, students from the student council and the public service practicum teamed up to organize and box the items.

 

The students, wearing matching red food drive shirts, worked busily in the lobby of the theater, forming human food chains spontaneously as a new load of food made its way to the lobby.

"Our students take a tremendous amount of pride in knowing that they are part of the biggest student-organized food drive in Lake County and that their efforts help so many people in their community," practicum teacher Dustin Chierico said in a news release.

Some of the food will be used to provide 75 local families a holiday meal including a turkey, potatoes, milk and nonperishable goods. The rest of the food will go to the Avon Township Food Pantry.

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