M-A Canned Food Drive kicks off its 2015 campaign today with 11 locations

by Contributed Content on November 9, 2015

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The annual Menlo-Atherton High School Canned Food Drive kicked off today (11/9/15). In a tradition started by legendary Coach Ben Parks, M-A students collect food from the community to help feed several hundred families in the area, many of them M-A families.

For four weeks, students will fan out over the local area and collect cans. Supporting M-A in this effort are the following stores: Bianchini’s in Ladera; Draeger’s in Menlo Park; the Safeway stores on El Camino, Sequoia Station and in Sharon Heights; Trader Joe’s in Menlo Park; Willow Market in Menlo Park; Whole Foods in Palo Alto; Dulucci’s in Redwood City; Mi Pueblo in East Palo Alto; and Roberts Market in Portola Valley

Partnering with M-A in the fight against hunger is Facebook, which is supplying  reuseable grocery bags that will be used to pack up the food that will be given away on Distribution Day at Ecumneical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto on December 5th.

This year M-A is again working with Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) to ensure that families continue to have access to food sources beyond the Canned Food Drive.

Here are ways that you can help:

  • When you are shopping for your family, please add extra cans to your cart and drop them into the SHFB barrels. M-A students will be handing out the list of the most-needed items requested by SHFB.
  • Consider donating online.

M-A is a regular recipient of Second Harvest’s coveted Blue Diamond Award, which totals food collections as well as monetary donations, and its Community Champion Award, going to non-corporate groups with the highest number of participants.

Photo of M-A canning team members (left to right) Alex Thayer, Nicholas Nolasco, and Taylor Mendiol by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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