Friendly Mudsock Week competition between schools fuels the largest PastaBowl collection yet. In total, the 21 HSE Schools collected and donated 20,152 lbs. of pasta to Hamilton County food banks and food service organizations. This was a new PastaBowl record and an increase of over 6,000 lbs. from last year.
On Thursday, September 27, students from the following schools joined the Foundation, HSE School Board Member John Delucia, and Meijer to celebrate their accomplishments:
Riverside Intermediate – intermediate/junior high and overall district winner (2,789 lbs. of pasta)
Fishers High School – high school winner (2,096 lbs. of pasta)
Hoosier Road Elementary – elementary winner (2,369 lbs. of pasta)
Cumberland Road Elementary – most improved (2,166; 1,891 more lbs. vs. 2017)
Organizers were thrilled to increase the donations this year as it is estimated that 1 in 7 HSE students struggle with hunger. Nearly as important as the food donations, PastaBowl also raises awareness for the 3,000 local children struggling with food insecurities. The pasta is a core staple for area food banks and comes at an essential time during the pre-holiday months when donations are often low.
Meijer again supported the PastaBowl as the title sponsor of this effort and kept the store shelves stocked with pasta in the weeks leading up to the donation. A food drive of this magnitude is not possible without an army of volunteers, donors and supporters that included Meijer, ProShred, Harvest Food Bank, Citizens State Bank, the Foundation and all 21 HSE Schools.
Additional information about the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation: www.hsefoundation.org.