Captain Shreve places 3rd in the Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive
(Front row) Principal Ginger Gustavson, Assistant Principal Maria Edwards, English Teacher Michael Scott, Key Club Senior Representative Erin Smith and Junior Chase Willis being presented donations on behalf of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana by Executive Director Martha Marak and food drive sponsor representatives for Brookshire’s Grocery Co. - Photo by Chase Willis
All nine winning school representatives for the Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive - Photo by Chase Willis
By Chase Willis - December 8, 2017
Before Thanksgiving break Captain Shreve participated in the annual Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive hosted by the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and placed third in the high school division.
The mission of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is to serve as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana, upholding a vision to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana by ensuring a consolidated network of effective food collection and distribution to provide universal access to food for the needy with the communities.
According to Executive Director Martha Marak, a total of 42 schools participated in this year’s Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive. The total amount collected from all participating schools was 68,584 pounds. This year’s competition allows for the food bank to feed a least 7,000 more people than last year.
This year’s annual Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive was sponsored by Brookshire’s Grocery Co., Frito-Lay, NBC News and Pepsi Co.
The food drive was hosted by Key Club with the assistance from other organizations on campus, including Student Council, Black Studies Association, JROTC, Theatre Performance Team and Z-Club.
Key Club Senior Representative Erin Smith said she was mostly motivated to push the food drive by knowing that the contributions would help benefit others. She was excited to get students and organizations to come together to support a worthy cause.
“I thought we did a fantastic job,” English teacher Michael Scott said. “I was thoroughly impressed not just with the faculty and students, but Erin Smith, the student that put it all together. She did an amazing job and deserves to be honored for that.”
Scott said he is grateful to teach at a school such as Captain Shreve that does not mind putting forth the effort in giving back to the community. He also said that participating in the Pack the Pantry School Competition Food Drive will be an annual activity and hopes to place first next fall.