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New Non-Profit Inspires Schools to Give Back Through Community Food Drives

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With nearly 1 in 4 United States school children facing the realities of hunger and food insecurity this year, a new national non-profit has emerged to rally America’s schools around this essential cause. Schools Serve launched today with a mission of connecting schools to the hunger cause and eradicating childhood hunger by creating the very first coordinated National School Food Drive campaign.

Schools Serve has ambitious goals built around a rather simple premise: schools can and will dramatically impact hunger in their hometown. Schools Serve will encourage and support the hunger efforts of K-12 schools across the country by offering a comprehensive food drive planning and promotional kit, sharing best practices, educational materials and creative ideas and celebrating the tens of thousands of schools rallying around the cause.

“Schools, school families and school children have been generous supporters and central organizers of so many worthwhile efforts over the years,” notes Schools Serve founder, Tim Sullivan. “From the Statue of Liberty refurbishing to Hurricane Katrina relief – schools have been passionate champions of community service. Today, hunger is the cause that school families are rallying around, and Schools Serve is proud to be a part of the effort.”

Schools Serve is supported by a coalition of leading education, hunger-relief and service learning organizations including the Con Agra Foods Foundation – leaders in the anti-hunger fight for nearly 20 years, Share Our Strength – the leading national voice on ending childhood hunger, Youth Service America and School Family Media.

According to Schools Serve, ad hoc school food drives are one of the largest sources of food donations for local pantries nationwide. This school year, tens of thousands of schools will participate in Schools Serve’s National School Food Drive campaign with a goal of collecting more than 5 million pounds of food for local pantries. By creating the first-ever national tally of all school hunger efforts, we’ll be able to illustrate the collective impact our schools are having on the hunger epidemic.

“The National School Food Drive mission transforms our school communities into a grass roots army of neighbors helping neighbors,” explains Sullivan. “It goes beyond just feeding the hungry today but seeks to inspire our young people to a lifetime of service and volunteerism.”

While so many food drives take place around the holidays, Schools Serve recognizes that pantries are most in need when that holiday influx runs dry in the spring. That’s why their year-long National Food Drive effort will conclude with National School Food Drive Month in March 2011. During the month, schools nationwide will educate their students and families on the hunger cause and engage their communities in collecting donations for their local pantries.

School, parent and student leaders interested in learning more about Schools Serve and the National School Food Drive should connect with Schools Serve at http://www.schoolsserve.org.

About Schools Serve
Schools Serve is the national non-profit behind the National School Food Drive, the largest coordinated food drive effort in the country. Beginning this school year, tens of thousands of schools will unite to combat hunger in their communities with local food drives and hunger awareness efforts. Schools Serve is providing tools, know-how and resources for those drives and will be tracking and celebrating the combined achievements of participating schools across the country. All told, Schools Serve and America’s schools and school families will be collecting millions of pounds of food for local pantries in 2010-11 alone. For more information on Schools Serve on the web: http://www.SchoolsServe.org ; on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SchoolsServe ; or on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SchoolsServe
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