Pflugerville ISD announced that its families and staff members collected approximately one and a half tons of food items for local food banks in advance of the holiday season. This is the eighth annual food drive spearheaded by the district’s food services department to benefit community food pantries in the Pflugerville area.
Food Services Director Geoff Holle said the district has collected more than 10,000 pounds of food in the last eight years, with an annual goal of 1,000 pounds. This year, through campus generosity, leadership and competitive spirit, the district was able to collect 3,800 pounds of donated food.
“It takes a collaborative effort to collect nearly two tons of food to donate to local community partners,” Holle said. “On behalf of those who have received and those who will receive food because of you, your teams’ and your students’ generosity, a huge ‘thank you’ for always setting the bar and exceeding it when it comes to our children and community, no matter the task.”
For the first time this year, Holle provided a resource page for teachers who wanted to incorporate the food drive into classroom curriculum as a service-learning project. Many campuses held grade-level competitions, along with competition between campuses, to raise the record amount of food items.
“We encouraged teachers to use this opportunity as a service-learning project, with the objective to educate and enlighten about the needs of our community,” Holle said. “This project reinforced the importance of compassion, respect and fairness for those families, neighbors and friends who may feel the pains of hunger.”