Students aid world hunger through Food Fight

Students aid world hunger through Food Fight


By Lanie Lobdell
Features Writer
Photo by Jack Heerhold

Last Friday, the school came together to pack boxes with the group Food Fight. This group of students, lead by sibling duo JT and Celeste Ives, fundraised money through t-shirt sales and a charity concert event so that they could come together and pack food for families in starving countries. This was a fun opportunity for all students to volunteer and help families in need.

The packing stations were set up in the auxiliary gym so that students could come in during the first part of their lunch, and so that some physical education classes could get involved. The stations are tables that contain all the ingredients necessary for the meal and bags to wrap them all up. All the meals contained a mixture of chicken, veggies, rice, and soy.

Many schools have had the food fight program for multiple years, and this is the first year that Metea has gotten involved. The other schools include Neuqua Valley, Lemont, Naperville North, Naperville Central, Oswego, and now Metea. Across all the schools, Food Fight hopes to pack 145,000 meals to send to families in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The total for Metea’s boxing day was 70 boxes, while the overall total for all the schools was 671 boxes.

Multiple students in every grade got to come volunteer and help others, while also having a fun time with their peers. “It’s nice to help get food to people in need and for people who can’t afford it,” junior Brooke Brennan said. “I do a lot at Feed My Starving Children so I thought this would be a good idea to help people as well.”

There was also a great amount of support from Dean Jennifer Rowe, who helped with organizing the packing day, “Some of these kids love doing things like this but can’t always get to them, so it’s really nice that we can bring the packing here,” Rowe said.