ZACHARY, LA — The Pantry Challenge between the City of Zachary and the City of Central is underway and with the help of Zachary students, Friday was a great start to the food drive. Kids hauled, pushed and pulled boxes of food down the Coppermill Elementary walkway and loaded them into fire trucks to be given to the Zachary Community Food Pantry.
"I donated some beans gravy and some corn- that can probably give them 3 nights of food," said Ava Martin, a fifth grader at Coppermill. "Donated some hamburgers helpers and canned food,” said Lennon Nguyen. "I donated green beans corn and peas," said Madison Williams who is also a fifth grade student at Coppermill.
Ava, Lennon and Madison know why this time of year is so important to give back. "If they are less fortunate they might not have enough money to have the good food like other people have," says Ava.
"I think it really helps because it gives people who don't have a whole lot of food- food," said Lennon.
And knowing why it’s important is only the beginning. Ava feels good that she can help those who need it the most. “I feel good when I give back because it gives other people something too," Ava noted.
And in school they learn more than just the importance of giving. "We learn a lot of things like to give thanks to everything that we have," said Lennon.
Food drives like the Pantry Challenge teach students at a young age why giving back is so special and it will hopefully show them how many people they actually help, so they continue to give for years to come.
The pantry food drive goes on until Saturday, November 17, 2012 so if you still want to help you’re not out of time. Saturday from 8am to 12pm, the owner of PODS containers will be giving away sausage po-boys to those citizens who donate non-perishable items.