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16 High Schools Kick Off Student Hunger Drive

Credit Student Hunger Drive

Hundreds of local students are competing for a good cause this month. Tonight, 16 high schools will kick-off the 31st annual Student Hunger Drive for the Quad Cities. 

Executive Director Liz Treiber says the students collect food for the River Bend Food Bank, which distributes it to needy people in 22 Iowa and Illinois counties. Last year, students collected enough food to make 400,000 meals. 
She says at the end of the Student Hunger Drive, the school that collected the most food per student will win a prize. 

She wants the focus to be on community involvement and volunteerism.

Treiber says it's important for students to participate in the hunger drive, because in the Quad Cities, 1 in 5 people under the age of 18 go hungry each day. 

The Student Hunger Drive begins tonight and continues through November 10th.