Woodland schools collect nearly 3,000 pounds of food

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Students and staff at Woodland Public Schools donated nearly 3,000 pounds of canned and dried food items to the Woodland Action Center through a districtwide food drive that ended in November.

Woodland Middle School won the competition by collecting the most pounds of food, according to a news release. They were able to secure 1,120 pounds of food, while North Fork Elementary School came in second place with 1,053 pounds. Columbia Elementary School garnered 271 pounds and Woodland High School collected 61 pounds. In all, the schools collected 2,955 pounds of food.

Several members of the district’s administrative team visited each school to collect and load the donations, stated the release. Leadership classes at the elementary schools helped market and coordinate the food drive.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, food banks around the area received a lot of support from the state and federal governments,” stated the pick-up driver from Woodland Action Center. “However, supplies have been drawn down and there’s a combination of supply-chain shortages and people not thinking there’s still a need, which there very much is.”

The Woodland Action Center offers human resources, nutritional education and opportunities for self-sufficiency to people in poverty in Woodland, La Center and the surrounding communities.

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