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Record number of meals collected in 2022 Student Hunger Drive

15 area high schools set a record by collecting food for more than a month as part of the 36th annual Student Hunger Drive campaign.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — College students in the Quad Cities area set a record, contributing a total of 817,038 meals to benefit the River Bend Food Bank as part of the 2022 Student Hunger Drive.

15 area high schools, with the help of their elementary and middle school counterparts, competed to match or surpass previous years’ totals as they collected food from October 3 through November 10.

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The total was announced at a celebration at the food bank’s headquarters in Davenport on Thursday. Schools also compete in divisions based on student population size. The 2022 winners are:

  • Division C (up to 299 students enrolled):
    • 1st Place – Morning Star Academy
    • 2nd place – German High School
  • Division B (300 to 1,250 students enrolled):
    • 1st place – Orion High School
    • 2nd place – Assumption High School
  • Division A (more than 1,250 students enrolled):
    • 1st Place – Pleasant Valley High School
    • 2nd place – Bettendorf High School

This year’s highest improvement award went to the Morning Star Academy in Bettendorf, which collected 100% more food than the previous year.

“The thousands of students who participated this year give me great hope for the future leadership of our community,” said Nancy Renkes, President and CEO of River Bend Food Bank. “I am overwhelmed by their creativity, their determination and their compassion for their classmates who are suffering from hunger… It was a great day for our community.”

Food is distributed to more than 400 hunger relief partners in the food bank’s 23 counties, providing meals to children and adults facing hunger.

In 2021, Student Hunger Drive provided 734,781 meals, which was the previous record. In total, since its launch in 1985, the drive has provided more than 16 million meals to the community.

According to a food bank press release, in 2021, approximately 53 million people accessed food assistance programs across the United States. to make impossible choices between buying groceries and paying for other necessities.”

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