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MMS collects over 4,500 food items for Morgan families in need

Article Date: 
23 December, 2011 (All day)

Over the past few weeks, Morgan Middle School students have been participating in their annual food drive to benefit the Morgan Food Pantry. In an effort to drive participation, the school created some healthy competition between individuals, classes, and grades. The 2010 food drive brought in approximately 3,800 food items, and proved to be very successful. This year the students set a goal to beat that number by targeting at least 4,000 food items for collection. As the students sought donations from family, friends, and neighbors, they truly caught the spirit of helping local families who could benefit from the generosity of their community. This extra help is especially appreciated during the holidays.

Dr. Gordon Johnson announced at the holiday band and choir concert last Thursday that the school had only reached 50% of the goal so far and needed another 2,000 items. No other catalyst was needed. With less than 24 hours remaining in the food drive, students rallied to the cause. Not only did they meet their goal, but they also exceeded it by collecting 4,598 food items—the most ever collected by MMS. The volume of cans, boxes, and other nonperishable food items served to unite the student body in a great cause, helping them realize how many deserving families this will help this year.  

The results of the food drive were announced at an assembly at Morgan Middle School on Monday, December 19th in conjunction with a holiday concert put on by fellow MMS band and choir students. Awards were given to those individuals who brought in the most food. Overall, the 7th grade brought in the most food, followed by the 8th grade, then the 6th grade. Results for each grade were impressive. Natalie Crowther was the 6th grade individual winner. Jacob Allen took the honors for the 7th grade, while Tyler Fowlers won among 8th graders. The winner for the entire school, bringing in the highest number of food items overall was Christian McClellan.

Tracy Kummer of the Morgan Food Pantry wants to thank all those in the community who have donated to the various food drives hosted throughout the valley. Hunger affects one out of every four Utahns, often brought on by one of life’s unforeseen struggles like illness, job loss, or divorce. Many of us could face these situations at some point in our lives. We are blessed to live in a community like Morgan with residents and students willing to look out for those in need who might require a shoulder to lean on for a while. Currently in Morgan about 25-30 families are being served through the local food pantry.

Tracy has indicated that donations can be brought in the Morgan City building at anytime. Food donations can be left right at the food pantry or monetary donations can be made in the County Treasury office.  Although they have received much support during these last few months toilet paper and canned fruit is always a need. Tracy would like to thank all of Morgan once again for opening their hearts to Sub for Santa and all of the food and money donations made through the schools, Special needs programs, and the Barber Brothers toy drive.

After the awards were given out, the students were treated to a festive holiday concert. Dr. Johnson and Mr. McClean took turns conducting the 7th and 8th grade bands through several exciting arrangements of traditional holiday music. The assembly concluded with Mr. Mills energetically leading the choir and advanced choir through a wonderful vocal journey featuring many talented soloists. The hard work and dedication of Morgan Middle School students shined in the effort to collect food as well as in refining their musical expertise to a high level. In both cases a gift has been given to the community. Thanks again to the students of Morgan Middle School.