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Five local private schools in Jackson partner with RIFA for food drive

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - Several local schools in Jackson are teaming up to fight hunger during the month of September.

September is Hunger Action Month. During the month, people all across the country will be taking a stand against hunger and taking any action big or small to make a real difference.

This is the tenth anniversary of the University School of Jackson and Trinity Christian Academy's food drive.

“Our fundraising goal for this year is 50,000 pounds and we are also looking for monetary sponsors this year to help us reach that goal. Students can bring in cans or checks made out to RIFA to help us,” said Elle Jerge, the Student Body President at the University School of Jackson.

This year the food drive is expanding to include more schools in Madison County.

“We have expanded to JCS, Sacred Heart, Saint Mary’s, and of course Trinity and USJ," said Jerge.

All five private schools are partnering with RIFA to step up and work to close the hunger gap.

“We are excited for all of these schools to just come together in efforts to support RIFA through canned food, monetary donations. It allows us to keep doing what we are doing here at RIFA, which is serving meals to those in need throughout the community,” said Gracie Sloan, the Marketing Director at RIFA.

The students at USJ want to encourage the entire community to donate.

“So, I think everyone, if you are a part of these schools that are doing this drive, I think you should really consider giving back to your community. It’s a great cause, it makes you feel good, and it really helps a lot of people in need,” said Caroline Wilkerson, the Corresponding Secretary of the Student Body at University School of Jackson.

If you would like to donate, you can take canned goods or monetary donations to any of the schools participating in the food drive.

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