This past Tuesday, students from Lester B. Pearson Public School and Meadowlane Public School visted The Food Bank of Waterloo Region for a food engagement experience, warehouse tour, and pizza lunch with members of the Kitchener Rangers.
Lester B. Pearson Public School took top spot, raising 2,830 pounds of food and Meadowlane Public School followed up with 980 pounds. Together, the two classrooms provided an impressive 2,977 meals for the 1 in 20 households struggling to put food on the table.
This year 24 schools participated in the annual event, raising an impressive 20,616 pounds of food and $845, providing an additional 18,641 meals to those in need. The Kitchener Rangers Classroom Challenge encourages youth to get involved, give back and make a difference in their community.
Each year, elementary classrooms across Waterloo Region are challenged to collect the most food and funds for the chance to spend a morning at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region with members of the 2019-2020 Kitchener Rangers team. Winning classrooms are selected based on the following criteria:
- Number of meals raised per student
- Ways students were encouraged to learn about food insecurity in Waterloo Region
“It’s always really impressive to have the students come in and see how excited they are to spend time with the Rangers,” said Jennifer Judges, Communications Specialist with the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
“The Rangers are an institution in our community and to have that connection between two, well-known community groups is a great way to motivate kids to raise food and funds for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region at a time when it’s needed the most.”