Students from throughout Maryland who participated in the Maryland Food Bank's Kids Helping Kids program were honored on May 30 at the Halethorpe-based nonprofit group.
Now in is 22nd year, Kids Helping Kids is a partnership between the Maryland Food Bank, the Maryland State Department of Education, Harvest for the Hungry, as well as local soup kitchens, pantries and shelters, according to the organization.
This year, 515 schools participated in the campaign. Students collected 462,497 pounds of food and raised $120,814 in donations, food bank officials said.
Lindale Middle School hosted a weeklong Stuff a Truck event in January when staff and faculty camped out on school grounds in an effort to collect food donations to give to the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank.
Their efforts helped the school collect and donate 6,677 pounds of food—the fourth highest in the state. South River High donated the most food, with 13,719 pounds.
Top 5 schools—pounds of food
- South River High School (Anne Arundel County): 13,719 pounds.
- Cora L. Rice Elementary School (Prince George’s County): 12,157 pounds.
- Marriotts Ridge High School (Howard County): 7,025 pounds.
- Lindale Middle School (Anne Arundel County): 6,677 pounds.
- Cockeysville Middle School (Baltimore County): 6,592 pounds.
Top 5 schools—monetary donations
- South River High School (Anne Arundel County): $46,352.74.
- Davidsonville Elementary School (Anne Arundel County): $13,545.
- Leonardtown High School (St. Mary’s County): $8,792.65.
- Central Elementary School (Anne Arundel County): $6,113.
- Crofton Middle School (Anne Arundel County): $5,181.32.
Top area schools by county
- Anne Arundel—South River High School: 13,719 pounds.
- Baltimore City—Thomas Jefferson Elementary School: 1,092 pounds.
- Baltimore—Cockeysville Middle School: 6,592 pounds.
- Carroll—Shiloh Elementary School: 2,300 pounds.
- Harford—Youth’s Benefit Elementary School: 4,210 pounds.
- Howard—Marriotts Ridge High School: 7,025 pounds.
- Prince George’s—Cora L. Rice Elementary School: 12,157 pounds.