Mira Loma High School is helping out with the KCRA Kids Can! Food Drive, which will be ongoing until November 10th. Mira Loma’s drive is collecting nonperishable food items to send to our local food pantry, the Carmichael Food Bank. Last year alone, Northern California schools brought in over 187,000 pounds of food.
The KCRA Kids Can! Food Drive started in 1987 and has been addressing high rates of hunger by feeding families ever since, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, as well as rising costs of living with inflation outpacing wage growth, hunger is becoming more and more common. Studies have found that there may have been as much as a one-third increase in U.S. household food insecurity since the pandemic began. Food banks are increasingly overwhelmed, with some serving over 40% more people each month than in 2019.
At Mira Loma, the food drive has become a fierce fourth period competition. The top three classes in terms of donations and total points will be treated to a pizza party. Any class earning 750 or more points will have an ice cream celebration.
The most requested food items included canned meats and vegetables, pasta and pasta sauce, beans, rice, cereals, and peanut butter. The best donations are fresh foods in plastic containers, tin cans, or boxes, rather than glass containers or expired items. Different food items are worth different point values:
Pack of Ramen: 1 Point
Small Can/Jar: 4 Points
Regular Can/Jar: 6 Points
Boxed Items: 6 Points
Large Can/Jar: 10 Points
A count from October 19th placed Mr. Canet’s fourth period in the lead with 665 points, followed by Mz. Jacks’ class with 501. In third, Mr. Champion’s class with 330. However, with about three weeks left until November 10th, there is still a chance for an upset. You can donate by bringing in food items for your fourth period.