It’s time for the annual Menlo-Atherton High School Canned Food Drive. In a tradition started by legendary Coach Ben Parks, M-A students collect food from the community to help feed several hundred families in our area, many of them M-A families.
From November 2 through December 2, M-A students collect cans at the following locations: Bianchini’s (Ladera), Delucchi’s Market (Marsh Manor), Draeger’s (Menlo Park), Mi Pueblo (East Palo Alto), Roberts Market (Portola Valley), Safeway (El Camino, Sequoia Station and Sharon Heights); Trader Joe’s (Menlo Park), Willows Market (Menlo Park), and Whole Foods (Palo Alto).
This year M-A is again partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) to ensure that families continue to have access to food sources beyond the Canned Food Drive. According SHFB, one in four people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are at risk for hunger. Many are children, and some are neighbors, classmates, or acquaintances.
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. Type “high school” in the online food drive box and select Menlo-Atherton High School so that your gift can be properly credited to the M-A outreach effort.
- Drop canned good donations off at the coordinator’s front porch – 1908 Arizona Way, Redwood City
Distribution to families will take place at Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto on Saturday, December 3. For the second year, Facebook has generously donated reusable grocery bags that will be used to package the food for recipient families.
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. Last year, this wonderful community event donated over 100,000 pounds of food to local families.
Photo of M-A sophomore Anna Leake by Becky Flanagan