County’s student councils team up to help feed the hungry

School councils in all the Dubois County school corporations have teamed up to collect as much food as possible for the Dubois County food banks and the Dove Recover House for Women.

The idea came about as the Jasper High School student council considered a food drive for local needs. According to JHS economics teacher and student council advisor Julie Ferguson, the JHS student council usually takes part in the Tri-State Food Drive that is coordinated through WFIE in Evansville.

“Our kids always do a great job, but the drawback to the Tri-State Drive is not all of the food comes back to our local food bank,” said Ferguson. “So our council wanted to create a big drive again, but make sure it came back to our local food bank.” 

She explained that a few teachers had mentioned the need for food at the local food banks. So, she decided to reach out to the student councils in the other school corporations to see if they would like to combine their efforts to make a big impact.

It was an easy yes for them to join together, and since Northeast Dubois’ Student Council was already planning a food drive to support the Dove House, the new recovery home for women was included in the county-wide effort.

Beginning Monday, November 28 and running through December 9, Jasper, Northeast Dubois, Forest Park and Southridge student councils will be collecting non-perishable, unexpired food. Everyone is invited to drop the following items off at any of the county’s high schools.

They are seeking the following items: rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, canned sauce, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned soups, mac/cheese, cereals, cereal bars, flour, sugar, oil, canned ravioli, and canned Spaghettios. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Ferguson hopes that, depending on the success of this year’s drive, it will become an annual event.

The last day to donate is December 9, 2022.

For more information, contact Julie Ferguson at jferguson@gjcs.k12.in.us.

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