What is the Student Hunger Drive?
Since the inaugural Drive in 2012, our area students have raised over 398,000 pounds of food to support the food insecure of Northern Indiana through their amazing effort and the support of our local community.
Beginning in the Spring of 2014, the Student Hunger Drive of Northern Indiana expanded and began to conduct two Drives per school year. The Fall Drive will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and the Spring will benefit various food pantries in Elkhart County. This food drive not only helps to fill our local food bank but to also instill a sense of volunteerism and community in area youth.
How do students participate?
Students participate through their local high school. With the help of a faculty advisor, student teams plan events to promote the Drive, organize their food collection, as well as package and deliver food to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana/Food Pantries of Elkhart County. Students are recognized for their efforts at an awards party on the last day of the Drive. Prizes are awarded for different levels of achievement and for the creativity of their events promoting the Drive. All schools raising at least 2,000 pounds of food will receive participation funds, which may be used to offset Student Hunger Drive expenses, for other projects, or as donations to other non-profit agencies in their communities.
How long has the Student Hunger Drive been in existence?The Student Hunger Drive celebrated 30 years of helping in 2015. This incredible organization was founded in 1986 by Pete Pohlman, then President of Lujack’s Autoplaza. For the first seven years of the Student Hunger Drive, Lujack’s was the sole sponsor. The Student Hunger Drive, Inc. was created in 1993 as a non-profit 501c3 organization. In its inaugural year, the SHD Quad Cities resulted in 29,000 pounds of food. In fall of 2015, teens from all four markets collectively raised over one million pounds of food. Amazing! The history of the Student Hunger Drive speaks for itself and the goal is to share this mission nationally one community at a time. In addition to the Quad Cities, the Student Hunger Drive is currently empowering teens and donating food in Charlotte, North Carolina, Northern Indiana, and Lincoln, Nebraska.