December 6, 2014

A canned food drive in Colorado has had great results. The holidays are a phenomenal time to think about those less fortunate than us and what we can do to give back to communities in need. If you’re a student of a cooking school in Colorado, then you don’t need to seek too ardently to find prime examples of individuals and organizations doing just that. Across the state, social groups, institutions and neighborhoods are feeling the holiday spirit by doing what they can to ensure that nobody need go hungry during the holidays. In fact, CBS News affiliate KKTV has reported that numerous schools across the greater Colorado Springs area have brought in an incredible amount of food as part of a drive in tandem with the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.

The drive
Each year, the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado hosts numerous food drives. This one, which occurs every winter during the holiday season, is known as the Harvest of Love drive. Effectively, the program calls upon a number of social and educational institutions – including several schools in the Colorado Springs area – to use their  large populations to encourage donations in the form of canned or nonperishable food. The drive lasts roughly three weeks and involves setting up donation centers within schools as well as having students go door to door in their neighborhoods to solicit donations from the community.

Saying that the effort put forth by the students of the schools involved in the food drive was anything short of incredible would be a massive understatement. The grouping of schools collected nearly 1.5 million pounds of food to be donated to the center, a gesture that prompted incredible thanks from Care and Share’s administration. In a statement regarding the success of Harvest of Love, the food bank expressed their immense gratitude:

“Every dollar, every pound of food means so much to us,” the statement read.

While all schools involved in the program were beneficial to its success, several were recognized by Care and Share for their exceptional philanthropic performance. For example, Doherty High School brought in a staggering 465,594 pounds, earning them the ‘Cornucopia Award.’

Other notes
While the performance and dedication of local schools in the Colorado Springs area is incredibly beneficial to the food bank, it’s important to note that they aren’t alone in their philanthropy. According to Fox, The charity annually receives over 7,000 local volunteers, exemplifying the area’s commitment to helping those in need. If you’re currently enrolled in a Colorado culinary school and looking for another way to bolster both your knowledge of the industry and resume, try seeing if you can volunteer there.