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St. Francis High School - December 2018
At 5:30 a.m. on a cold November morning, Cassy McGreevy pulls into the parking lot of St. Francis High School. As the Director of Student Activities, she wanted to arrive before students to set up for the big day. But the parking lot was already filling with excited young women dressed in the bright red and gold school colors.
Every fall, students at St. Francis participate in KCRA’s Kids Can!, benefiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, to kick off homecoming week. While it’s still dark outside, the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes gather in the gym to create large can sculptures. Music plays while the classes compete to see who can raise the most food and create the best display. Parents and students drop off non-perishable foods from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., some even arriving with U-Hauls full of cans!
The food sculpture competition is the culmination of many weeks of work. Students do everything they can to collect food for the drive. Many gather recyclables from neighbors and businesses to return for cash to purchase non-perishable food items. Each class is assigned different grocery stores to ask for donations. Lots of young women loop in their families and get everyone in their communities to give back by donating food.
St. Francis is committed to graduating young women who change the world, which they believe starts at home in Sacramento. The school knows that students don’t need to travel far to make an impact, and they encourage young women to give back to the community that has fed them in so many ways. Kids Can! has become an important tradition that empowers students to know their own efficacy in making a change in their community.
184 schools in Sacramento County participate in the Kids Can! food drive each year. McGreevy says, “Our part is such a small one, but when combined with the efforts of the community you see what everyone can do together. It blossoms out from the individual level to the school level, to the community level.”
Back in the gym, the can sculptures and tallying stops at 9a.m. This year, St. Francis collected 18,616 pounds of food! Students and staff hold a prayer service to bless the cans and the people who will eat the food. A short while later, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services trucks pull up to the school to collect all the cans. The Kids Can! food drive helps feed food insecure families in Sacramento County all year long.
Click on a link below to read archived Donor Spotlights:
December 2018 - St. Francis High School
November 2018 - Western Health Advantage
October 2018 - Yard House Sacramento
September 2018 - Sutter Health, Golden 1, Durst Organic Growers (Fresh Produce Drive)
August 2018 - St. Vincent de Paul (Refugee Resettlement Services)
July 2018 - KCRA/KQCA (Health & Nutrition)
June 2018 - Jackson Construction (Clothing)
May 2018 - Capitol Cup
April 2018 - Walmart Foundation (CalFresh)
April 2018 - Sacramento Public Library (SMUD EnergyHELP)
March 2018 - Enterprise (Partner Agency Network)
February 2018 - Walmart Foundation (Parent Education)
January 2018 - Morgan Stanley (Produce For All)
December 2017 - Bank of America (Refugee Resettlement Services)
November 2017 - Wells Fargo (Adult Education and Parent Education)
October 2017 - Rich Hanna (Run to Feed the Hungry)
September 2017 - C&S Wholesale Grocers (No Student Left Hungry)
August 2017 - Betty and Carol (Youth Education)
July 2017 - National Diaper Network (Parent Education)
June 2017 - Laura Martinez (Parent Education)
May 2017- Walmart Foundation (CalFresh)
April 2017 - Tim Madden (Adult Education)
March 2017 - Sutter Health (Produce for All)
February 2017 - Inspire Giving/Sac Metro Chamber (Clothing)
January 2017 - Sac County Dept. of Human Assistance (CalFresh)