Filling the pantry

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

The students of Fruitport and Spring Lake high schools are pitted against each other in a canned food drive competition, which ends Nov. 16.

Spring Lake’s collection will benefit The People Center in Spring Lake, while Fruitport’s donations will go to the Fruitport Lions Club and Families and Community Engaged (F.A.C.E.) organizations.

The winner will be determined through the calculations of the percent per student gathered for the drive, because Fruitport has a larger student body, said Sue Roder, the Student Council advisor at Spring Lake High School. The winning school won’t receive any prizes — just bragging rights in a friendly competition, she added.

As of Monday, Fruitport students have collected 662 cans and raised $160.

Although Fruitport hopes to collect 3,000 items, Spring Lake isn’t setting any official goals, other than "as much food as they can possibly bring in,” Roder said.

Fruitport students have sought the help of community members in the drive. They've set up a collection site at the Orchard Market in Fruitport and have gone door to door for donations.

Fruitport senior Nicole Davis, 17, said they've received between five and 10 cans at each household they've visited.

Fruitport Sophomore Bailli Mammen, 15, said she thinks the event has brought the community together, based on their response in their door-to-door collections.

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