Letter: HMS food donation project

Eighth-grade students at Kaneland Harter Middle School are participating in a food donation service project to support the Northern Illinois Food Bank from now to March 1.

During the two-week project, students will learn about hunger in the local area and the purpose of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which supports various food pantries in the Kaneland area. Hunger is an issue not commonly discussed, and many don’t believe it is an issue. However, according to the Northern Illinois Food Bank website, one in eight Illinois residents received emergency assistance from the food bank or a partnering agency last year, and in any given week, approximately 61,600 different individuals receive assistance.

To help meet the needs and deal with the issue of hunger, students and their families will be encouraged to donate items that will be collected through their homeroom teachers. Each homeroom has a theme in order to collect as many different products that are in need at the food bank. Some homerooms are collecting paper products or baby items such as diapers, while others are collecting canned vegetables or boxed meals.

At the end of the service project, the items will be delivered to the food bank by teachers. In addition, students will have the opportunity in the spring to volunteer as a group at the food bank.

The Kaneland community is welcome to join the eighth-grade students and teachers in this service project. Participation may include food items or monetary donations. Items can be dropped off at Harter Middle School, and monetary donations may be made through a web link accessible from the school’s website, www.kaneland.org/kms.

Participation in the donation collection for the Northern Illinois Food Bank is encouraged, from now through March 1, at Kaneland Harter Middle School.

Pattie Pattermann, Eighth-grade teacher
Kaneland Harter Middle School