The Power of a Can of Food

PVI students donate and load truck with canned food donations for Food for Others. PHOTO: Ava Burkat

PVI students donate and load truck with canned food donations for Food for Others.
PHOTO: Ava Burkat

By Laine Davison
Paul VI Student Government Executive Board Co-President

The Paul VI Canned Food Drive isn’t just a competition; it’s a way of bringing the PVI community, and even our local community, together as a whole to create change. I used to think of Hunger Action Week as that one week out of the year where SGA members stand at the side of the building and load cans into a truck, so we could win dress down days and pizza parties.

My perspective changed when I traveled with the student government to Food for Others in Fairfax. Walking into that food pantry and being greeted by grateful volunteers, and even more grateful families who rely on Food for Others for their daily meals, made a huge impact. Both my eyes and heart were opened that day, not only to the need we have in our community, but to the reason why we put on this event each year.

While the mornings might be cold and the cans heavy, what we do this week (Nov. 14-18) does make a difference. There’s something magical about the Friday of Hunger Action Week, standing off to the side of the hallway, reading the “total cans” columns on the board, and realizing how amazing and important the PVI community truly is.

I don’t think some people who participate in our canned food drive really grasp how much that it helps people. With every can a student purchases and donates, she or he is feeding another person, and that is powerful.

Final tallies on Friday, Nov. 18, show that the PVI school community donated 58,959 items, which translates to 49,889 pounds of food.

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