Students from seven schools across Gering and Scottsbluff stepped up in a big way, collecting a whopping 9,840 pounds of canned and non-perishable food for the Gift of Love Program sponsored by First State Bank.
Crews were busy on Friday making stops at Gering Junior High School, Community Christian School & at Northfield, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Longfellow and Lincoln Heights Elementary Schools.
The food collection was part of the Canned Food Challenge program, and the food collected will help the Valley Christian Neighbors in Need finish out their holiday food baskets, which is part of the Gift of Love program.
First State Bank Marketing Director Becca Tompkins says a lot of the food will also help the CAPWN food pantry and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry to replenish their supplies.
Tompkins says the elementary school that collects the most non-perishable food items will win a private screening of a holiday movie at the Midwest Theater for the entire school.
This year’s winner was Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Scottsbluff, whose 3,020 pounds collected accounted for more than 30% of all the food collected this year.