Each year, the Leadership Douglas class leads a community service project as part of the program. The Class of 2017 elected to host a food drive for two Douglas County high schools called Heart for the Hungry.
Heart for the Hungry is the community project of the Leadership Douglas Class of 2017 in effort to provide food and other necessities for students and their families who are in need. The class created a Food Pantry at Lithia Springs High School and collected food and personal items to fill the shelves. Donations were also collected to help re-stock the shelves for the Food Pantry at Douglas County High School. Over 800 items were collected throughout the service project and over $3,500 has been raised to support the project to date.
The Food Pantry at each school allows any student to pick up items they need for themselves or family members anonymously. Students can then leave the items in the office and take them home on the bus, or the school’s resource officers will take them home to the student’s home if they are embarrassed. Douglas County High and Lithia Springs High were the focus schools of this project as they have the highest percentage of students on free or reduced meals.
In addition to the food drive, The Centre at the Arbor Connection hosted Cocktails for a Cause, a fundraising event with an high-end cocktails provided by Arbor Place Beverage, Omaha Brewery and Crown Royal. Appetizers were provided by Sam & Rosco’s Restaurant. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event benefited the Heart for the Hungry Project.
The class distributed the items to both Pantries on Saturday, March 25th. Leadership Douglas participant, Laura Mullins commented, “the food drive was a huge success, and we look forward to continuing this community effort to provide assistance for those students and their families in need for many years to come.”
For more information about heart for the Hungry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at 770.942.5022.