St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High School begin their traditional annual competition this week. Students from each school will compete against the opposing school to earn points. The winner of Challenge Week is determined by the school that finished with the most points which are collected throughout the week in different categories.
The canned food drive is one category that benefits the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Points are earned for raising food and funds which are then added to their total after their full day of games.
This friendly competition between high schools brings awareness to individuals in their age group who may be facing food insecurity. Many children and students are at risk of missing meals during weekends and holidays when they are not in public school receiving free or reduced-priced lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
Many families continue to struggle with the effects of inflation, reduced SNAP benefits, and the increasing price of food. Louisiana currently leads the nation in child hunger with 1 in 5 children in the state being food insecure. Higher food costs and reduced SNAP benefits force families who may have been able to get out of our lines previously to return to our pantries to fill the gap between meals they are no longer able to obtain on their own.
Since 2004, Challenge Day has been filled with theme announcements, dress up days, pep rallies, and more. This weeklong event is a model example of steps for a successful food and fund drive. Be sure to check out our page here for other tips to help your office, school, or organization host a food and fund drive.
To support the school of choice, follow this link to donate to a fund drive. We will update you with a winner and a total of food/funds raised in the coming weeks!
Just $1 can help provide up to 3 meals!