Local students are stepping up to make sure no one goes hungry this holiday.
Students in twenty schools in the Meridian public schools and Lauderdale county districts are being encouraged to take part in the fifteenth annual "Fill The Mayflower Food Drive".
It’s hosted by the owners of the local Little Caesars and the local Dairy Queen.
“My wife and the former owners of Popeyes started it, they were both on the board at the Wesley house. They saw a need there, so they started a canned food drive, back fifteen years ago, and it grew and grew and grew. We started off small, and then it has just blossomed every year. All the food that we collected this year went to the Wesley House, Loves Kitchen, Lauderdale County Baptist Association, and Salvation Army”, said Ken Labruyere, Owner of Little Caesars Pizza in Meridian.
“The schools compete with each other. The top six schools that collect cans, their homeroom gets a two-hundred-and-fifty-dollar check for school supplies and everything, plus they get a pizza party and they’ll have an ice cream party this year”, said Labruyere.
The incentive motivates the students to try and collect the most cans .
“Last year we had a little over thirty seven thousand. I think the lowest we’ve ever picked up was about thirty five thousand, that’s once we got going. Early on it was just fifteen thousand, twenty thouasand, but over time it has picked up and I think this year is probably one of the biggest years we’re ever had. We really want to thank the schools, we had twenty schools that participated this year, really want to thank them for what they did. They help feed this community during thanksgiving and Christmas”, said Labruyere.