“I’ve heard they are doing really well and last year we got £ 15,000 in donations,” Stephens said. “Lakota always seems to rise to the occasion.”
This is the 14th consecutive year of the food drive, which ended last Friday for the 17,000 students at Lakota schools and included thousands of student donations.
The District-wide Food Drive is Reach Out Lakota’s largest collection and takes place during the busiest month of the year in the Pantry.
According to a statement released by Lakota officials: “In 2020, the organization distributed 205,000 meals. That’s the equivalent of over 246,000 pounds of food valued at over $ 400,000. Until September, the organization served more families in 2021 than in 2020. ”
“The annual food drive is a long-standing Lakota tradition that our students, staff and residents have always supported,” said Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller. “No matter the circumstances, I am always amazed at the incredible generosity shown by this community to meet the growing needs of our neighbors.
Stephens said the annual campaign coordinated with Lakota is essential.
“It’s critical. We use these collections to get through the winter, ”he said.
“COVID has taught us that any family at any time can be affected by an emergency that requires them to seek help from others. Due to the generosity of parents, students and staff at the Lakota School District, Reach Out Lakota is here to provide food, clothing and school supplies to those in dire straits, ”Stephens said. .
For a donation and other information about Reach Out Lakota, check out their website.