SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Food pantries across the Capital Region are partnering with WGNA-FM to fight hunger this holiday season one pound of food at a time.
Starting Wednesday, eleven local high schools are competing in the 3rd Annual Hunger Games.
The schools are competing to gather the most non-perishable food items to help feed the underprivileged people in the Capital Region.
This year, they collected over 14,000 pounds of non-perishable food items benefiting the food pantries of the Capital District.
All of the food was weighed and a calculation of pounds per student helped determine that Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High is the winner of this unique competition for the third year in a row.
That school will be rewarded with a huge party at the Flight Trampoline Park in Albany, and an exclusive performance by country artist, Chase Bryant.
It’s yet another victory for this high school, but participating in this event is all about helping those in need.
“It’s not only awesome to give back to people to who need it, but it’s just awesome to see what our community can accomplish when they are focused on a task,” said Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons Principal, Peter Fusco. “The kids are fantastic at this school, the community is awesome, and they really step up to the plate when it’s time to give back for sure.”
With this year’s total added, the high school Hunger Games has now collected over 50,000 pounds of food for the underprivileged over the last three years.