Kiwanis takes over successful Spring Food Drive

This year, The Kiwanis of Riverview took ownership of the Spring Food Drive usually run by former Mayor Tim Durand and his wife Lou Ann.
The Durand’s have decided to spend more time enjoying retirement and their grandchildren. They’ve worked hard for years with the Riverview Community School District in collecting canned goods and other non-perishables for local food banks.
This year the Kiwanis of Riverview were happy to fill in and make sure the local food banks could still provide those in need with what they need.
With a tremendous amount of help from the Riverview Community School District, the Kiwanis organized a “Spring Canned Food Drive.”
With the blessing of Superintendent Dr. Russ Pickell, each of the schools agreed to solicit students and parents to donate non-perishable food and paper items. The food drive ran from Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29. The Kiwanis provided the incentive by offering whatever class in each school collected the most items, an ice cream social party.
To assist in our efforts, we recruited our sponsored clubs at the high school and the middle school. The Riverview Community High School Key Club, encouraged fellow students bring in canned goods to help our community. And at Seitz Middle School the newly formed Builders Club setup collection boxes throughout the school to collect the canned goods.
This serves two purposes: The first is it makes the students aware of the fact that are those in need even though you may not see it. And second it teaches them some responsibility in taking care of those in need.
We don’t have an exact count yet but the total is northward of 1,300 items. The food was picked up on Friday morning and taken directly to the St. Cyprian Church Food Bank.
This was the first of two food drives in the schools. The second will be help in mid-May where the Kiwanis will be working with Children’s Hospital, Gleaners and 100.3 WNIC.
The goal is to collect cereal for children and families over the summer who cannot afford it. During the year, these children qualify for free and reduced lunch. But when school ends, so does their meals.
The Kiwanis of Riverview respectfully send a big “thank you” not only to the students and parents, but to all the staff that helped in any way they could. And a special acknowledgements to Riverview Community High School teacher and Key Club Sponsor, Ms. Kim Degenkolb, and Seitz Middle School teacher and Builder’s Club Sponsor, Ms. Megan Frost, for their support.

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