Middle School students collect over 1,400 items for 9 Food Drive

Thousands of families across the area struggle to put dinner on the table for their families, so a group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students pooled their resources together to help.
Eyewitness News anchor Brittney Johnson went to Piedmont Middle School to see how the students are stepping up to help others donate.
The students organized a collection drive to contribute to Channel 9's food drive, and they have collected more than 1,400 donated items.
Students from Kerrigan Potter’s seventh-grade homeroom class brought in the most donations.
“It’s been really good,” student Sydney Acie said. “We got to collect all the cans so we can support all the needy families.”
Students were inspired to give, knowing children their age in the same district may not have enough to eat.
“It’s really nice to see we finally get to do something to help other people that don't have as much food as we do,” student Ellison Brown said.
“They really make me proud to make such an impact on our community,” Potter said.
Channel 9 is collecting non-perishable food donations for the 9 Food Drive until June 10.
Because the food bank supplies food and essential grocery items to over 700 agencies feeding hungry people in 19 counties, a monetary donation helps the organizations.  For every $1 the food bank receives, it distributes 7 pounds of food. You can donate now by clicking on this link: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/9FoodDrive.
You can also donate non-perishable and canned food at any WSOC-TV Family Focus partner locations -- Ashley HomeStore, Showmars and E.R. Plumbing Services -- until June 8. Find a donation location near you by following this link:  https://www.wsoctv.com/community/9-food-drive-donation-locations/199799782.
Learn more about the 9 Food Drive at www.9FoodDrive.com
If your organization or business would like to get involved or help with the 9 Food Drive, or if you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, community affairs manager for WSOC-TV, at kevin.campbell@wsoctv.com.