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Local Schools Prepare for 'Hunger Action Month'

JACKSON, TN.-September is “Hunger Action Month” and local schools are teaming up with the Regional Inter-Faith Association to fight hunger in West Tennessee

Today student leaders were able to tour the RIFA facility and discuss the critical issue of hunger in the area.

Some students have been participating in the annual drive since early childhood.

“So, we've been participating in donation drives since I was in kindergarten. It's always been a big deal to the school, and a big source of pride is we get to give back to the community that, you know, we try to help so much.” Anna Sanders, Trinity Christian

“We've been going to school at USJ since we were like three years old, and we've always done this and it's just so important to us to be able to plan this now and be able to know that we've done our best to help someone in the community.” Claire W. & Mary Payton Redden, University School of Jackson

“I think it's very important to show as a school how we are in tune with the community. And since it's such a great need, I think it's very important to make sure that our school comes together and reaches the goals.” Taylor Kennedy, Jackson Christian.

Many schools are making this year's food drive fun. Some will be getting special incentives, others may have some coaches shave off their hair, and one school is making a giant structure out of the cans they collect.

“So, Madison Academic plays a big part in the right construction, which is where we get a lot of cans donated and we buy cans and we go to the construction, which is an event held every year. I think this year is the 18th annual construction. So, we basically build a structure out of the cans that we get.” Rachel Mingledorff, Madison Academic.

Local schools will be collecting food and donations for “Hunger Action Month” from now until September 30th.

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