From Press Reports
Filling the local food pantry is especially hard during the holiday
season. The Webster County Extension office takes part in the
northeast area Food for Families collection. This is part of the TV
station out of Tupelo. Food collected during the period remains in
Webster County by going to the local food bank.
In order to get more county participation, the Webster County staff
developed the program “Hunger Knows No Season.” Four county schools
were asked to participate. Information flyers were distributed to
schools detailing contest. Each week for four weeks leading up to the
contest, a flyer describing global, national, state and county hunger
issues were distributed to each student.
Collection dates were Dec. 3-7. Food was picked up, brought to
Extension office and weighed on Tru-Test livestock scales. The
revolving trophy is presented to the school collecting the most total
number of pounds.
Food was collected over a three-day period and brought to the
Extension office for weighing. The schools turned in more than 2,568
pounds of non-perishable items.
The food was taken by local agents to the food bank. The trophy went
to East Webster High School this year as it collected 956 pounds.