District 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive

District-wide 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive Kicks Off Oct. 18
Posted on 10/03/2019
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"Stuff the Bus" Crosstown Food Drive Oct. 18-Nov. 1Lakota’s annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota kicks, running Oct. 18 through Nov. 1, continues to make an impact beyond West Chester and Liberty townships. The district has again invited neighboring districts to join the cause, this year teaming up with Middletown City Schools and Hamilton City Schools for the friendly crosstown competition. 

“We’re each working to pack a school bus with the most canned goods and other needed items, but in the end, the real winners will be all three of our communities,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller, noting that each district’s final collection will go to a local relief organization serving their communities.

Once again, the food drive overlaps with National Make a Difference Day on October 26.  “This year’s theme and one of our four vision statements, “WE are In This Together,” applies to the food drive, too. We can make a far bigger difference together than we can individually,” Miller said.

This is the 12th year for the district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, which is sponsored by the Lakota Board of Education.

“The annual food drive is a long-standing Lakota tradition that our students, staff and residents have always supported,” said Lakota Board President Julie Shaffer. “We’re excited to include Middletown and Hamilton in the mix this year, too.” 

Lakota will kick off its drive at the Oct. 18 East vs. West football game (7 p.m. at West), where the community will be invited to bring their donations to the game. Click here to view a flyer, including a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota.

The drive will continue through Nov. 1 with donation bins available in every Lakota school. The food drive bus will make stops at each school over the duration of the drive to collect donations. The final collection points will be Nov. 1 at the last home games of the year (East vs. Hamilton and West vs. Middletown, both at 7 p.m.)

Since introducing the “Stuff the Bus” theme, the drive has seen a steady year-over-year increase. “Last year, the Lakota community contributed nearly 35,000 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items, enough to fill about four school buses,” said Scott Stephens, CEO and Executive Director for Reach Out Lakota. "We are grateful for the strong partnership with Lakota schools and always excited to see the growth from one year to the next.”

The district-wide food drive and other collections held at Lakota schools account for 75 percent of the annual food donations stocking the shelves at Reach Out Lakota.