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Eight Lexington high schools joined forces this semester in the inaugural Fayette Food Frenzy and collected a combined 17,745 pounds of food and $2,427 to help stock God’s Pantry. Lafayette paced FCPS and finished third overall, donating 2.6 pounds per student (1,930 pounds and $1,587).
Lafayette received a $250 prize after the contest, which was sponsored by Whitaker Bank. Also participating were Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools, as well as Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington Christian Academy and Sayre Upper School.
All schools with grades K-8 competed in the annual Kids Can Hunger drive in October, which provided more than 84,000 pounds of food for Lexington’s four emergency pantries.
Previously, the public and private high schools held in separate drives in the fall and spring. This year, God’s Pantry worked with students in the Leadership Lexington Youth program to design a single countywide campaign in hopes of increasing donations. Last year’s dual efforts brought in about 15,000 pounds of food.
Out of 45 students in Leadership Lexington Youth, 23 signed up for the Food Frenzy planning team. They picked the time frame, named the event and shared ideas on ways to promote the drive within their schools.