'Stuff the Bus' for Reach Out Lakota!

Make a Difference and 'Stuff the Bus' for Reach Out Lakota!
Posted on 09/24/2018
Lakota Food Drive

Stuff the Bus Food Drive Starts October 5

There’s another new twist to the annual district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota.

“We have asked neighboring districts to join the cause with us,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Lakota will go up against Mason City Schools and Middletown City Schools, with each district working to pack a school bus with the most canned goods and other needed items.” Each district’s final collection will go to a local relief organization serving their communities.

This year, the food drive will end to coincide with National Make a Difference Day on October 27.  “Our drive will give us a chance to show that when the Lakota community comes together, we can make a huge difference,” said Miller. “But in the end, the real winners of this friendly competition will be the three relief organizations.”

This is the 11th year for the district-wide food drive for Reach Out Lakota, which is sponsored by the Lakota Board of Education.

“The annual food drive is a long-standing Lakota tradition that our students, staff and residents have always supported,” said Lakota Board President Julie Shaffer. “It’s exciting to bring in Mason and Middletown this year, with even more families benefiting in the end.”

Lakota will kick off its drive at the Oct. 5 East vs. West football game (7 p.m. at East), where the community will be invited to bring their donations to the game. Click here to view a flyer, including a list of items most needed by Reach Out Lakota.

The drive will continue through Oct. 26 with donation bins available in every Lakota school. The food drive bus will make stops at each school to collect donations. The final collection points will be Oct. 26 at the last home games of the year (East vs. Sycamore and West vs. Colerain, both at 7 p.m.)

The “Stuff the Bus” theme was introduced for last year’s food drive. “We doubled our usual intake of 18-20,000 pounds of food to nearly 40,000 in 2017!” said Peyton Gravely, CEO and Executive Director for Reach Out Lakota. "We are grateful for the strong partnership with Lakota schools and are excited about this year’s event.”

The district-wide food drive and other collections held at Lakota schools account for 75 percent of the annual food donations stocking the shelves at Reach Out Lakota.