The Food Bank of El Dorado County and KCRA 3 have officially kicked off the 24th annual KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive. Fourteen area schools in El Dorado County will participate in the 2011 KCRA Kids Can Food Drive and all of the collections will benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County.
Through Nov. 13 participating schools will compete to collect the most food to help feed the hungry in our area. During that time, KCRA 3 viewers may also donate to any of those schools listed on kcra.com/kidscan. The top schools will be announced in December.
This annual event is something area school children look forward to every October and November when they get to bring extra food to school that isn’t traded with others at lunchtime in the cafeteria but instead is collected and donated to the Food Bank of El Dorado County to help El Dorado County’s most at risk seniors, children at families. Times are tougher than ever with the current economy and it is the hard work and dedicated of our area schools and children that will put food on the table for many that may otherwise go without this holiday season and in the months thereafter.
“Times are tough everywhere in today’s economy and all our schools are struggling to maintain their own programs and services and are being forced to make tough decisions on what to do and who to help,” said Mike Sproull, founder of the Food Bank of El Dorado County. “Maintaining their commitment to El Dorado County’s most at risk population. The KCRA Kids Can Drive speaks loudly through the Food Bank of El Dorado County and shows that our school partners truly care about our neighbors in need.”
The KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive has been a main provider of food donations for local food banks since 1987. It is the largest donation they receive all year and allows the food banks shelves to be stocked for the coming months. There are more than 40 food banks in the Sacramento area that will benefit from this drive along with the Food Bank of El Dorado County.
“It is our responsibility to recognize and address the needs of the community,“ said KCRA 3 General Manager Elliott Troshinsky. “As a partner we are glad we can come together and fulfill the need to serve our community. We are very grateful for all the support and growth in participation from schools, students, parents, and businesses. It is a community wide effort that has a positive impact that we are proud to sustain.”