School Board's WE CAN Food Drive

Lakota School Board's ‘WE CAN’ Food Drive Serves Reach Out Lakota
Posted on 10/05/2020
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The Lakota Board of Education’s annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota will run Oct. 12 through Oct. 23, leading right up to National Make a Difference Day on Oct. 24. In true “WE are Lakota” fashion, the district is challenging families, staff and community members to “stuff the bus” with canned goods and other non-perishables needed by our community’s local relief organization. 

“As a board we truly believe that we are in this together. Especially by working with community partners like Reach Out Lakota, WE can make a difference in the lives of our families,” said Lakota Board of Education President Brad Lovell. “Your board of education thanks you for coming together to support Reach Out Lakota in its mission to assist our Lakota families.” 

This is the 13th year that the school board has sponsored the district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, the primary relief organization for families in West Chester and Liberty townships. This year’s theme, “WE Can,” sets the tone for an academic year marked by perseverance, including a commitment to carry on important community-reaching traditions such as this food drive.


“The annual food drive is a long-standing Lakota tradition that our students, staff and residents have always supported,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Once we’re all back to normal, we’ll be eager to invite our neighboring districts back into the mix to make this a friendly crosstown competition that benefits multiple communities.” 


Donation bins are available at every Lakota building for the duration of the drive. Click here to view a flyer, including a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota. 


Without the crosstown competition to help drive participation, Lakota is returning to a friendly district-wide competition. The school with the most donated items will receive an extended visit from Lakota’s newest therapy dog, Biggs. 


Since introducing the “Stuff the Bus” theme, the drive has seen a steady year-over-year increase. Last year, the Lakota community contributed nearly 12,000 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items, enough to fill about two school buses. 


"Reach Out Lakota is grateful to the Lakota School District for their ongoing support of our food pantry. The stuff the bus food drive is the largest drive of the year and provides thousands of meals to families in the West Chester and Liberty Township area,” said Scott Stephens, CEO and executive director for Reach Out Lakota. 


“Working together, we do make a difference in the lives of others, especially this year,” continued Stephens, noting that the pantry provided 645 emergency food boxes in a little over a month. 

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. In 2019, the organization gave out over 127,000 meals to more than 8,000 people. That’s the equivalent of more than 152,000 pounds of food valued at over $250,000.