By Amy Kriz, Union High School Counselor

The Union High School National Honor Society (UHS NHS) will again be competing in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank Student Food Drive. Last year, UHS collected over 2,300 pounds of non-perishable food items and took second place behind Hudson High School, the team they are competing against during this seven week competition.
On November 5, Union High School students will be stationed at the local grocery stores in both La Porte City and Dysart from 6-8 PM to collect non-perishable food items from community members. Although the Food Bank does not refuse any non-perishable food donations, their wish list includes the following items: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, potted meat product (like deviled ham), and canned fruit. Please do not donate any clothing, animal food, pop or bottled water.
Students at the high school will be taking part in other food-raising events, including a raffle for the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of a school administrator- Superintendent Neil Mullen, Principal Travis Fleshner and Dean of Students, Wayne Slack, as well as one teacher.
Through the school’s advisory program, the group that collects the most non-perishable items (by weight) will help deliver Union’s collection to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and get treated to lunch at Pizza Hut, courtesy of the UHS NHS.
Union Middle School students have already made a contribution to the high school with a “Duct Tape Your Teacher” event. On Friday, October 10, each donation of one canned food item and one dollar were exchanged for a three foot piece of duct tape. The tape was then used to secure Pat Hogan, Middle School Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director, to a wall. The “Duct Tape Your Teacher” event generated a large box of non-perishable items and helped raise $150, which will be used to purchase food from the Food Bank’s wish list.
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is located in Waterloo and services approximately 200 food pantries, community meals, soup kitchens, senior centers, low-income schools and daycares, and after-school programs in sixteen northeast Iowa counties. Food collected from the Student Food Drive will be channeled back into participating communities through the Member Agency Distribution Program. Want more information? Visit the Northeast Iowa Food Bank website at www.northeastiowafoodbank.org and watch the Student Food Drive YouTube video on their main page.
Community Food Drive: Wednesday, November 5th, 6-8 PM
Support the Union High School Food Drive with your contributions of non-perishable food items at the following locations: La Porte City: Gary’s Thriftway; Dysart: Terry’s Food Center