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Schools donate almost 6,700 pounds of food
Georgia Mountain Food Bank donation
Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry collected more than 1,200 pounds of food for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, most among the schools in the second annual School Food Drive for Hunger Challenge. Pictured from left are Kay Blackstock, executive director of Georgia Mountain Food Bank; Ana Equiluz, field marketing rep for Smile Doctors by Wilson Orthodontics; Wade Pearce, principal of Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry; and Phil Dennis, community engagement coordinator of Ge - photo by For The Times

Eleven local schools collected 6,678 pounds of food during the second annual School Food Drive for Hunger Challenge. The food drive challenge was a partnership between Georgia Mountain Food Bank and Smile Doctors Braces by Wilson Orthodontics.

Between Oct. 23 and Nov. 10 the schools competed to collect the most pounds of food to help the food bank go into the holiday season strong and well-stocked to meet the demand for food.

Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry took home first place in this year’s School Food Drive for Hunger, collecting more than 1,200 pounds of food. In second and third place, respectively, were Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy and Lanier Elementary.

“We are so grateful for these students who are learning at a young age the importance of assisting others in need,” said Kay Blackstock, executive director at the food bank. “This was an incredibly successful partnership, and we are thankful to move into the holiday season with an additional 6,678 pounds of food, which will allow us to provide more than 5,500 meals.”

Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry will receive the Champions Bowl and a Kona Ice party, provided by Smile Doctors Braces by Wilson Orthodontics. Other participating schools included:

  • East Hall Middle School
  • Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy
  • Flowery Branch High School
  • Gainesville Middle School
  • Lanier Elementary School
  • Mount Vernon Exploratory School
  • Sardis Enrichment School
  • Spout Springs School of Enrichment
  • West Hall High School
  • World Language Academy

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