MCS Kicks-off the 2013 ‘Kids Kan' Food Drive
to Fight Hunger in the Mid-South
Tenn. – This
week, February 18 through 22, Memphis City Schools kicks-off the 2013 Kids
Kan campaign to fight hunger in the Mid-South. Civic-minded citizens
are responding quickly as students at participating schools request donations
for non-perishable food items such as tuna fish and other canned meats, peanut
butter, canned fruit and vegetables, and 100 percent fruit juices. Since
district schools have a shortened week due to Monday's Presidents' Day
observance, students may continue to collect donations throughout next week as
well. Participating schools must turn in their final reports by March
1. Kids Kan partner FedEx will pick up donations at each
school beginning March 4.
The Kids Kan campaign, sponsored
by Kroger Grocery Stores and founded by Kroger in 1981, makes a huge impact
annually by helping to restock the shelves at Mid-South Food Bank. Last
year, 72 Memphis City Schools participated in the campaign – the goal is to
increase that number this year.
Students in the district are inspired
and re-energized about fighting hunger since Bellevue Middle School, Kids
Kan's Overall Winner in the Mid-South for the last 20 years in a row, collected
30,000 food items for the 2012 campaign despite challenging economic times for
Homerooms at participating schools are
encouraged to do their best – the winning classroom at each school will receive
a $25 gift card from Kroger.
Schools are reminded that food items
must be properly boxed and placed in a central location before FedEx arrives
For more information, contact David Stephens, director of community relations for Mid-South Food Bank, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling him at (901) 497-1153.